CAIRO – 11 April 2021: The British sites, Guardian and Ancient-Origins, shed light on the Lost Golden City of Luxor that dates back to the reign of Amenhotep III. The city continued to be used by Tutankhamun 3000 years ago.
The Lost Golden City in Luxor was hidden under the sand and is dubbed the city of the “Rising of Aten”.
Renowned Egyptian archaeologist Zahi Hawass said that work began in this area to search for the funerary temple of King Tutankhamun, because the temples of Horemheb and Ay were found before.
Hawass confirmed that the mission found the largest ancient city ever built in Egypt, which was founded by one of the greatest rulers of Egypt, King Amenhotep III, the ninth king of the Eighteenth Dynasty. He ruled Egypt from 1391 until 1353 BC.
His son and heir to the throne Amenhotep IV "Akhenaten" shared with him the last eight years of his reign.
According to Hawass, it was the largest administrative and industrial settlement in the Egyptian empire on the western bank of Luxor.
“The city’s streets are flanked by houses, with walls up to 3 meters high… We can reveal that the city extends to the west, all the way to the famous Deir el-Medina,” Hawass clarified.
Betsy Brian, Professor of Egyptology at John Hopkins University in Baltimore, USA, said, “The discovery of this lost city is the second most important archeological discovery since the tomb of Tutankhamun.”
"The discovery of the Lost City, not only will give us a rare glimpse into the life of the Ancient Egyptians at the time where the Empire was at his wealthiest, but also will help us shed light on one of history's greatest mysteries: Why did Akhenaten and Nefertiti decide to move to Amarna?" Brian added.
The excavation started in September 2020 and within weeks, to the team's great surprise, formations of mud bricks began to appear in all directions. They unearthed the site of a large city in a good condition of preservation, with almost complete walls, and with rooms filled with tools of daily life.