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7000 year-old lost city, cemetery unearthed in Egypt

Egypt unearths city and cemetery over 7000 years old Ancient Egyptian city and graveyard dating back more than 7000 years uncovered by archaeologists
Zaira Scannapieco | 24 Novembre, 2016, 14:32

Archaeologists have unearthed the remains of an ancient city and cemetery in Egypt that dates back to 5,316 B.C.E. during Egypt's First Dynasty.

According to the country's Antiquities Ministry, the graves would have been the home of high-ranking officials and grave builders.

"This discovery can shed light on a lot of information on the history of Abydos", said Antiquities Minister Mahmoud Afifi in a statement.

The discovery was made by a mission associated with the Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities just 400 meters away from the temple of Seti I, an Egyptian pharaoh who reigned in the 13th century BCE, across the River Nile from the southern city of Luxor, the Egypt Independent reported.

Meanwhile, Central Administration of Upper Egypt Antiquities, Hany Aboul Azm, said that they have now discovered 15 ancient graves, which are made of mudbrick and are huge, signifying that these burial sites belong to people with influence and high social status in the community. A 2015 terrorist attack that killed 224 tourists aboard a Russian plane that took off from a Red Sea resort further dented tourist numbers.

The find could be a much-needed boost for Egypt's struggling tourism industry, which dropped from 14.7 million tourists in 2010 to 9.8 million in 2011 following the uprising that toppled the autocrat Hosni Mubarak. This news story is related to Latest/167147-Egypt-unearths-city-and-cemetery-over-7000-years-old/ - breaking news, latest news, pakistan ne.

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