How do you “miss a whole city?”
EGYPT has unearthed an ancient 7,000-year-old city by the river Nile revealing the home of some of the most important people in Egypt’s First Dynasty.
The exciting discovery found graves bigger than those belonging to royal grandees.
Archaeologists have found uncovered huts, pottery remains, iron tools and 15 huge graves.
The Antiquities Ministry said its discovery could give new insights into Abydos, which is one of the oldest cities in ancient Egypt.
It could also help the country’s ailing tourism industry, which has suffered since the uprising over autocrat Hosni Mubarak and the bombing of a Russian plane from a Red Sea resort.
The settlement is 250 miles south of Cairo and lies in the southern province of Sohag
According to the country’s Antiquities Ministry, the graves would have been the home of high-ranking officials and grave builders.
A spokesman from the 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.”
The discovery was made by an archaeological mission from the country and not a foreign group.
Egypt’s tourism industry dropped from 14.7 million tourists in 2010 to 9.8 million in 2011 after the uprising.