I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again; I find it truly mind-blowing that in 2021 we are still discovering positively astounding elements from history that are, often times, well-preserved. It really is incredible to consider just how much is in existence that we as humans have yet to unveil, and it is fascinating to contemplate the possibility that, in our daily lives, we could be totally oblivious to what lies beneath our feet.
An article from The Good News Network by Andy Corbley details a discovery recently made in Egypt, and I had to share it with all of you. Check it out.
“Reprinted with permission from World At Large, a news website of nature, politics, science, health, and travel.
“It’s the stuff of dreams and is being hailed as the second-most important discovery since the opening of Tutankhamen’s tomb—an ancient lost city has been found near the famous Valley of the Kings.
“Excavations began 6 months ago in September about 300 miles south of Cairo, and before long ‘to the team’s great surprise, formations of mud bricks began to appear in all directions.’
“These are the words of famed Egyptologist and former antiquities minister Dr. Zahi Hawass, who posted a statement of the discovery on Facebook.
“Identified as ‘Dazzling Aten,’ it’s the largest-ever lost city to be uncovered in Egypt, and dated to the reign of one of the most powerful pharaohs to rule during the kingdom’s golden age, Amenhotep III.
“Ruling from 1391 to 1353 BCE alongside his son, the equally famous Akhenaten, Hawass described their city as being in ‘a good condition of preservation, with almost complete walls, and with rooms filled with tools of daily life.’
“Featuring zigzagging walls, a rarity in ancient Egypt, the haunts of specialty craftsmen, such as brickmakers, glazers, and jewelers, have been discovered, along with evidence of their work, such as the seal of Amenhotep III that would have been used to stamp into mud bricks that likely built several nearby monuments such as the Temple of Ramses II.
“Other districts for large-scale baking and storing of foods were also discovered, and the archaeologists determined that they would have been capable of hosting many workers at one time—likely for festivals and funerary ceremonies.
“Al Jazeera reports that many such treasures have already been found such as scarab pendants, jewelry, and pottery bearing inscriptions that tell a lot about a critical period in Egyptian history that experts still puzzle over,” says the article.
I cannot fathom how exciting it would be to make a discovery of this scale.