Egyptologist Zahi Hawass and their team have found, what’s believed to be, the second most important discovery since Tutankhamun. A 3,000 year old city, known as ‘Aten’ has been discovered under the sand dunes near Luxor. It was found in between the temples of Rameses III and Amenhotep III. The city dates to the time of Amenhotep III (roughly 1,000 BC). It is believed to have been used by the boy king Tutankhamun and his successor Ay.
Excavations were started in September 2020. So far they have unearthed a wealth of historical items, including; jewellery (such as rings), scarab beetle amulets, pottery, and mudbricks with the seal of Amenhotep III on them. As well as the items, the team have uncovered whole neighbourhoods of buildings that have been untouched since they were covered by the sand. A statement by Hawass said “What they unearthed was the site of a large city in a good condition of preservation, with almost complete walls, and with rooms filled with tools of daily life.”
With the city dating back to the time of Amenhotep III this is an exciting find. This pharaoh lived in one of the wealthiest times of Egyptian history.
“What they unearthed was the site of a large city in a good condition of preservation, with almost complete walls, and with rooms filled with tools of daily life.”A statement by Hawass
The team are optimistic that further important finds will be revealed as they uncover more of the hidden city.