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Egypt excavates 3,000-year-old ‘Lost Golden City’ in Luxor

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A 3, 000-year old town has been excavated in the city of Luxor, Egypt. The city formally named the ‘Rise of Aten’ (commonly called the ‘Lost Golden City’) dates back to the reign of 18th-dynasty King Amenhotep III, who ruled between 1391 and 1353 BCE. It is believed to be the largest ancient city ever uncovered in Egypt.

  • The excavations have unveiled mud-brick houses, artefacts, and tools from pharaonic times.
  • The city is located on the west bank of the Nile river. It is believed to have been the largest administrative and industrial settlement of the pharaonic empire.
  • It is considered the second most important archaeological discovery since the tomb of Tutankhamen.
  • The discovery was announced by famed Egyptologist Zahi Hawass.


The Rise of Aten is named after the disc of the sun (called Aten in Ancient Egyptian).

Key Findings

  • 3 Major Districts – one for administration, one for workers to sleep in and another for the industry.
  • Spaces including workshops for drying meat, making clothes and sandals, and crafting amulets and small statues.
  • ‘Golden Fish’ – A large fish covered in Gold.
  • Jewellery, vessels and even bricks with the seal of Amenhotep III have been discovered.
  • Brickhouses bear the seal of Tutankhamun’s grandfather King Amenhotep III, who is one of Egypt’s most powerful pharaohs.

About Egypt:

President – Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi
Capital – Cairo
Currency – Egyptian Pound (EGP)