(ROBB REPORT) – Archeologists never know what they’ll find on a dig. Sometimes it might be a Paleolithic-era fossil. Other times, it might be an entire ancient city, which is what happened on a recent dig in Egypt.
Named “The Rise of Aten,” the forgotten city was unearthed last fall beneath the sand of the western bank of Luxor, site of ancient Thebes, reports Smithsonian Magazine. The 3,000-year-old city is the largest ancient municipality discovered in the country and has already been referred to as the most important architectural find within the country’s borders since the discovery of King Tut’s tomb nearly 100 years ago.
The ancient city is believed to date back to the reign of King Amenhotep III, who ruled over Egypt from 1391 and 1353 BCE, according to a Facebook post from lead archeologist Zahi Hawass. Amenhotep was the ninth king of the 18th dynasty and oversaw a period of wealth and prosperity throughout the land, which included the construction of a number of huge temples and public buildings.
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