Egypt’s Antiquities Ministry has recently announced the discovery of an ancient city and cemetery. According to the archaeologists who made the stunning discovery declared that the city is at least 7,000 years-old and that it dates to Egypt’s First Dynasty. The official announcement was made on Wednesday.
The newly-discovered city is located in Sohag, south of Egypt, and just 400 meters away from the historical of Seti I. Given its location and the presence of the cemetery in its vicinity, the researchers have reasons to believe that the city was inhabited by high-ranking officials.
In addition, archaeologists believe that the city also housed grave builders, taking into account the fact that several large graves were found in the adjoining cemetery. So far, the teams of researchers working on the historic site, have unearthed several huts, pottery, and several perfectly-preserved iron tools.
Furthermore, the nearby graveyard contains approximately 15 large graves, which according to the team, are much larger than those seen in the ancient city of Abydos.
By studying the ancient city and its artifacts, the archaeologists hope to gain insight into the city of Abydos, which, according to records, was the capital of Egypt at the end of the Predynastic Period.
There are other clues as well which hint to the importance of the recently-unearthed city. For instance, as Egypt’s Ministry of Antiquities pointed out, the large size of the graves discovered in a cemetery near the city proves that the city once housed high-ranking officials.
With the discovery of the ancient city, Egypt’s authorities hope that tourism will be back on track again. As we know, after Mubarak’s regime fell back in 2011, fewer tourists have visited Egypt.
According to the official records, the number of tourists visiting Egypt was 14.7 million back in 2010. One year later, the number of tourists dropped to 9.8 million. Subsequently, in 2015 the figures have shown that only 2.2 million tourists decided to spend their vacation in Egypt.
In addition, the figures from the second part of 2016 show a dramatical decrease – only 1.2 million tourists have visited Egypt since the beginning of the year.
Egypt’s Ministry of Antiquities believes that the newly-discovered ancient city will surely attract more tourists and archaeology enthusiasts in the following months. At the moment, the adjoining areas are being excavated to see what else the region hides.
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