A team of archaeologists began in September 2020 to search for a mortuary temple on the west bank of Luxor in Egypt. But what they found was much more than expected. In early April 2021, renowned Egyptologist Zahi Hawass announced that he had unearthed a 3,000-year-old metropolis called Aten, the lost golden city of Egypt.
The discovery of the entire city that was lost in the sands of Egypt is hailed as one of the most significant archaeological finds since Tutankhamun’s tomb.
The Egyptologist claimed the find was the largest ancient city ever discovered in Egypt.
According to reports, the ancient city dates from the reign of Amenhotep III, who reigned from 1391 to 1353 BC. AD, and was one of the most powerful pharaohs of Egypt.
Referring to this, Professor of Egyptology at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, USA, Betsy Brian said that the discovery of this lost city is the second most important archaeological discovery since the tomb of Tutankhamun. She added that the city will give us a rare glimpse into the life of ancient Egyptians when the empire was at its wealthiest.
Reports say the excavations revealed a number of valuable archaeological finds, such as colorful pottery, jewelry, mud bricks bearing seals of Amenhotep III, and scarab amulets.
Reports say the team has started digging on the west bank of Luxor near the Valley of the Kings, about 500 km south of the capital Cairo. Referring to this, Hawass informed that within a few weeks they discovered mud brick formations that appeared in all directions.
He informed: “What they unearthed was the site of a large city in a good state of preservation, with walls almost complete and rooms filled with the tools of daily life.” After that, several neighborhoods were also discovered, including an administrative quarter, a bakery, and a residential area.
He also added that other archaeological work is underway at the site and his team expects to uncover intact tombs filled with treasures.