Archaeologists have uncovered an ancient city believed to date back over 7,000 years near the Temple of Seti I, in southern Egypt. It is considered one of the most important discoveries made in ancient Egypt in the last couple of years.
Experts in Egypt have come across a city believed to be over 7,000 years old –most likely dating back to ancient Egypt’s first dyinasty— in the southern province of Sohag, the Egyptian antiquities ministry has reported.
The discovery was announced by the head of the Egyptian Antiquities Sector, Mahmoud Afify, who said that the city dates back to around 5,316 BCE.
Mahmoud Afify praised the fact that the discovery had been made by an archaeological mission that belongs to the Antiquities Ministry, and not a foreign mission.
It is without a doubt one of the most important discoveries in the last decade and could boost Egypt’s ailing tourism industry which has suffered tremendous setbacks since 2011.
Reports indicate that this long-lost ancient city was most likely home to highly ranking officials and grave builders.
Furthermore, experts, believe that the discovery may help provide more clues about Abydos, one of the oldest cities erected in Ancient Egypt.
Scholars state that Abydos was ancient Egypt’s capital at the end of the predynastic period, and during the reign of the first four ancient Egyptian dynasties.
This ‘unprecedented’ discovery was made only 400 meters away from the temple of Seti I.
So far, archaeologists have uncovered huts, pottery fragments, and iron tools, including ten massive graves.
In a report, the Egyptian antiquities ministry said: “The size of the graves discovered in the cemetery is larger in some instances than royal graves in Abydos dating back to the first dynasty, which proves the importance of the people buried there and their high social standing during this early era of ancient Egyptian history.”
This discovery can shed light on a lot of information on the history of Abydos. – The Antiquities Ministry