Egypt congratulates itself for having discovered the legendary “lost golden city of Luxor”, in a technical coup, considered the most fabulous since the discovery of the tomb of the pharaoh Tutankhamun.
Egypt congratulates itself for discovering the legendary “lost golden city of Luxor,” in a technical coup, considered the most fabulous since the discovery of the tomb of the pharaoh Tutankhamun in 1922.
Located in the very rich archaeological site of Luxor, on the banks of the Nile River, it contains vestiges of an extensive city that allows us to discern the customs and way of life of the inhabitants who occupied it 3,400 years ago, reports NBC News of Aug. 10.
“This is amazing because actually we know a lot about tombs and afterlife,” said Egyptian archaeologist Zahi Hawass, speaking of the cultural significance of the discovery in pursuit of which many search teams were frustrated.
He added: “But now we discover a large city to tell us for the first time about the life of the people during the Golden Age,” which lay unknown beneath the desert sands until September and was only revealed this week.
“Each piece of sand can tell us the lives of the people, how the people lived at the time, how the people lived in the time of the golden age, when Egypt ruled the world,” expressed the excited archaeologist.
And he reiterated: “We spent a lot of time talking about the mummies and talking about how they died, the ritual of their deaths. And this is the ritual of their lives.”
The objects unearthed consist of rings, scarabs, and colored ceramic artifacts, based on which it was determined that they belonged to a period between 1391 and 1353 BC.
This was considered an era of prosperity that the pharaoh Amenhotep III ruled.
Although the successful team of explorers and archaeologists led by Hawass had the Mortuary Temple of Tutankhamun as the target of their search, they were surprised by imposing mud walls of 3 meters high that followed a zigzagging trajectory.
For her part, Johns Hopkins University Egyptology professor Betsy Brian said the magnitude of this archaeological treasure was only rivaled in significance by one other.
“The discovery of this lost city is the second most important archeological discovery since the tomb of Tutankhamen,” Brian explained in the Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities press release, reports African News.
Two previously unknown curious facts caught the excavators’ attention and created more intrigue about the customs of that civilization.
One was a skeleton in a strange posture. It lay with its arms outstretched at its sides and the remains of a rope around its knees.
The other evidenced the organization’s records and the follow-up for regular provisions, such as meat.
It is a container containing about 22 pounds of boiled or dried meat, next to which the following inscription was deciphered: “That year 37, seasoned meat for the third feast of Heb Thirst from the slaughterhouse of the corral of Kha, prepared by the butcher luwy”.
A statement from Egypt’s culture ministry said its government would continue investigations.