Betsy Brian, professor of Egyptology at John Hopkins University, Baltimore, USA, was quoted in the statement as saying, "The discovery of this lost city is the second most important archeological discovery since the tomb of Tutankhamun". "Many foreign missions searched for this city and never found it", Hawass said. Within weeks, the team discovered mud brick formations that ran in all directions.
"What they unearthed was the site of a large city in a good condition of preservation, with nearly complete walls, and with rooms filled with tools of daily life".
After seven months of excavations and searching, the team unearthed the city and have so far found several neighborhoods, with 10 feet high walls that are still intact.
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In fact, the city was so well-preserved that a press release concerning the discovery stated, "The archaeological layers have laid untouched for thousands of years, left by ancient residents as if it were yesterday". These bricks, the team noted, had seals with the cartouche of King Amenhotep III.
Egypt has sought publicity for its archaeological discoveries in the hopes of reviving its tourism sector, which was badly hit by the turmoil following the 2011 uprising, and now the coronavirus pandemic.
"This is a very important discovery", Peter Lacovara, director of the US-based Ancient Egyptian Heritage and Archaeology Fund, told Reuters.More news: Thirty-Five New COVID-19 Cases Reported Locally
A man cover a skeleton in a 3,000-year-old lost city in Luxor province, Egypt, Saturday, April 10, 2021.
Dating back to the reign of King Amenhotep III, who ruled between 1391 and 1353 BCE, the city is believed to have flourished at the time when the Egyptian empire was at its richest.
The excavation also reveals a mud seal with inscriptions that can be read: "gm pa Aton" which can be translated to "the domain of the dazzling Aten", this is the name of a temple built by King Akhenaten at Karnak.
Last week, the mummified remains of 18 ancient kings and four queens were transported across Cairo from the Egyptian Museum in iconic Tahrir Square to the new National Museum of Egyptian Civilisation, in a procession dubbed the "Pharaohs' Golden Parade" watched by millions.More news: Myanmar ambassador 'locked out of London embassy by his deputy'
The team also found dozens of casting molds that were used to make amulets and decorative items - evidence that the city had a bustling production line that made decorations for temples and tombs.
He said he believes that the city was "the most important discovery" since the tomb of Tutankhamun was unearthed in the Valley of the Kings in Luxor almost fully intact in 1922.
According to Daily News Egypt, the team will continue to work in the site, where they expect to find untouched tombs filled with treasures.More news: Ukraine's Zelensky on frontline as Merkel urges Putin to pull back troops