Archaeologists near Luxor have unearthed a portion of the “largest” ancient city ever found in Egypt and dating to a golden pharaonic age 3,000 years ago, officials.
Items of jewelry have been unearthed, along with colored pottery vessels, scarab beetle amulets, and mud bricks bearing seals of Amenhotep III.
The team began excavations in September between the temples of Ramses III and Amenhotep III near Luxor, some 500 kilometers (300 miles) south of Cairo.
Amenhotep III inherited an empire that stretched from the Euphrates River in modern Iraq and Syria to Sudan and died around 1354 BC, ancient historians say.
He ruled for nearly four decades, a reign known for its opulence and the grandeur of its monuments, including the Colossi of Memnon, two massive stone statues near Luxor that represent him and his wife.
“It’s not only a city, we can see... economic activity, workshops, and ovens,” Mostafa Waziri, head of the country’s Supreme Council of Antiquities, said Saturday.