Egyptian archaeological team discovers 3,400-year-old ‘lost city’ near Luxor

LUXOR, Egypt — An Egyptian archaeological team headed by Dr. Zahi Hawass discovered a ‘lost city’ being referred to as ‘ancient Egypt’s Pompeii’ due to how well is has been preserved. The city is believed to date back some 3,400 years.

Dr. Hawass described the city as the largest ancient city, known as Aten, ever uncovered in Egypt and still has intact three-meter-high walls.

Work originally began in the area in a search for the funeral temple of King Tutankhamun but soon turned up row after row of mudbrick foundations within weeks of the excavation starting in September 2020.

The city dates to the reign of Amenhotep III, one of Egypt’s most powerful pharaohs, who ruled from 1391 to 1353 B.C. It continued to be used by pharaohs Ay and Tutankhamun.

The discovery of the city has been described as the biggest since the discovery of Tutankhamun’s tomb in 1922.