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Egypt's lost 'Golden City' unearthed at Luxor

Posted on Sunday, 11 April, 2021 | Comment icon 60 comments

Image Credit: Egyptian Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities
Archaeologists have announced the discovery of a 3000-year-old city situated beneath the ancient capital.
Hailed by some as the second most important discovery in Egypt since the tomb of Tutankhamun, the city, which is also known as 'The Rise of Aten', was founded by King Tut's grandfather Amenhotep III.

It was a place well documented in ancient Egyptian texts and would have been a sight to behold with its three royal palaces and bustling streets. Despite this however, its location had remained stubbornly elusive - at least, that is, until it was unearthed during an excavation that started last year.

The team had hoped to find King Tut's mortuary temple, however they were surprised to find mud bricks everywhere they dug. It soon became apparent that what they had found was an entire city.
"Many foreign missions searched for this city and never found it," said former antiquities minister Zahi Hawass, who described finding streets flanked by houses, some up to 10ft high.

Inside the ruined buildings, archaeologists found a wealth of tools and knickknacks.

"The discovery of the Lost City not only will give us a rare glimpse into the life of the ancient Egyptians at the time where the empire was at [its] wealthiest, but will help us shed light on one of history's greatest [mysteries]: Why did Akhenaten and [Queen] Nefertiti decide to move to Amarna?" said Professor Betsy Brian of John Hopkins University.

Suffice to say, there will be a great deal to find at the site over the coming months.

Source: Live Science | Comments (60)

Tags: Egypt, Luxor

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Comment icon #51 Posted by Wepwawet on 16 April, 2021, 19:48
The second link redirects to "" and a blank screen with the message that it is not available in your country. It seems that Hawass is flailing about trying to give a unique name to this site, which has failed I would say, and so is calling it Dazzling Aten either to say that he thinks it is a part of a larger Malkata area, probably, or, being cynical, knows that joe public, if they have heard of Malkata, will not know it's original name and think Hawass has found this, to them, "new" city. I would give the finding of the site an A, but for presentation only a C+
Comment icon #52 Posted by Wistman on 16 April, 2021, 20:14
  The Discovery link?  Works fine for me. Not important anyway really. I'm getting a bad feeling about the misdirection and errors.  I hope the field report is...ahem...accurate, whenever that comes out.
Comment icon #53 Posted by docyabut2 on 16 April, 2021, 23:06
I still think Akhenaten was the Moses of the Bible ,  
Comment icon #54 Posted by Wepwawet on 17 April, 2021, 15:08
Physically or as the basis for a memory existing for 800 or so years outside of Egypt.
Comment icon #55 Posted by Wistman on 18 April, 2021, 18:03
Trying to excavate some of the discrepancies between what is being reported and what is otherwise known.  Here's what's being reported as of now. Business Insider (Apr 18... just.4 hrs ago) : The plates from that French report have shown us they did in fact find the city's remains within the limits of their concession, including wavy walls.  Is this the only reference to his claim that no other missions could find it? Okay....  I wonder which other teams were granted concessions to search the area...besides Zahi that is, he did say teams.  I suppose there may be problems getting at land which ... [More]
Comment icon #56 Posted by Wepwawet on 18 April, 2021, 21:16
Barry Kemp and David O'Connor excavated in the general area in the 1970s. I'll need to find a more detailed report on that. Aten sounds good, doesn't it, so lets use it for everything. Come to the Aten cafe on Aten street and sit outside under the gaze of the Aten. Have some Aten soup, and here's some Aten bread to dunk in it, and why not try our delicious Aten wine in an Aten crystal glass. KV55? the tomb of the Aten of course Hawass in the photo on that link looks like Screaming Man E/Pentawere  
Comment icon #57 Posted by Wistman on 18 April, 2021, 21:49
There's this, 1974, but I don't have a Wiley Online Library subion:  here's a photocopy version of that, difficult viewing though: I read it, interesting and mostly about the harbor and its surroundings.  Here's the iMalqata page with their links: If you have JSTOR access , there's this on the Temple of Malkata: [More]
Comment icon #58 Posted by Wepwawet on 19 April, 2021, 10:07
Looking at all the info on these many previous digs, it looks like this new dig has been made on the basis that it is one of the few areas yet to be excavated, and maybe, from it's location, not on the basis of it potentially being the mortuary temple of Tutankhamun, but just a case of let's dig here and see what we get. I'm not saying that this temple could not have been there, which it isn't anyway, but that it would put it out of the at least rough alignment of those temples that were extant in the time of Tutankhamun, and that rough alignment is along the edge of cultivation. But, being cy... [More]
Comment icon #59 Posted by Wepwawet on 23 April, 2021, 7:46
Found this video from a few years back, French but with an English talk over. It details work at the mortuary temple of Amunhotep III, and some graphics of how it may have looked when new. In some shots the new site can be clearly seen, thought it's just sand.  
Comment icon #60 Posted by Wepwawet on 7 May, 2021, 21:14
Missed this video of "The Dazzling Aten" from nearly a month back. Sound is not so good, but it's a long walkthrough showing that this is a city were the population seems to have just picked up their bedding, clothes and storage chests and walked away. What I had not seen on previous videos were rooms with walls almost up to where the ceiling would have been, and complete doorways, very low, but interestingly with a mix of rounded and pointed head jambs. The workers village, where door frames survive to that hight, are squared off, the usual way for their architecture at that time, so to see r... [More]

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