Archaeologists discover 7,000-year-old lost city in Egypt

Mar 2014
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Egypt has unearthed a more than 7,000-year-old city and cemetery dating back to its First Dynasty in the southern province of Sohag, the Antiquities Ministry said on Wednesday.

The find could be a boon for Egypt's ailing tourism industry, which has suffered endless setbacks since an uprising that toppled autocrat Hosni Mubarak in 2011 but remains a vital source of foreign currency.

The city likely housed high-ranking officials and grave builders. Its discovery may yield new insights on Abydos, one of the oldest cities in Ancient Egypt, the ministry said in a statement.

Experts say Abydos was Egypt's capital towards the end of the Predynastic Period and during the rule of the first four dynasties.

The discovery was made 400 metres away from the temple of Seti I, a New Kingdom period memorial across the Nile from present day Luxor.

Archaeologists have so far uncovered huts, pottery remains and iron tools as well as 15 huge graves, some of which were larger than the graves of kings in Abydos, the ministry said in a statement.


“The size of the graves discovered in the cemetery is larger in some instances than royal graves in Abydos dating back to the First Dynasty, which proves the importance of the people buried there and their high social standing during this early era of ancient Egyptian history,” the ministry said.

Egypt's tourism industry has struggled to recover since the bombing of a Russian plane carrying 224 people from a Red Sea resort in October 2015.

More than 14.7 million tourists visited Egypt in 2010, dropping to 9.8 million in 2011. In the first quarter of 2016 just 1.2 million tourists travelled to Egypt, down from 2.2 million a year earlier

Archaeologists discover 7,000-year-old lost city in Egypt | The Independent
 

Matthew Amt

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It's always neat to find something new! But *iron* tools from 5000 BC? Some kind of typo, there.

Matthew
 

Ichon

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How can Egypt survive without tourist ? Is it going to colapse and bankrupt ?
Egypt is in a very precarious place. Right now mostly surviving on aid because if Egypt collapsed every country nearby would face chaos as well. Too much population and too little production.
 

Recusant

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It's always neat to find something new! But *iron* tools from 5000 BC? Some kind of typo, there.

Matthew
Other sources, such as the Egypt Independent and a press release from Agence France Presse describe stone tools, with no mention of iron. It seems likely that the mention of iron tools is an inaccurate elaboration by the author of the story in The Independent, which actually comes from Reuters.
 
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So it's from the first dynasty but is 7000 years old? Looks like they added at least 2000 years for the sensation.

Egypt is in a very precarious place. Right now mostly surviving on aid because if Egypt collapsed every country nearby would face chaos as well. Too much population and too little production.
And the population won't stop growing. How likely is a soon collaps? Where do the aids come from?
 

Matthew Amt

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Jan 2015
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Other sources, such as the Egypt Independent and a press release from Agence France Presse describe stone tools, with no mention of iron. It seems likely that the mention of iron tools is an inaccurate elaboration by the author of the story in The Independent, which actually comes from Reuters.
Aha! Thanks, figured it was something minor like that.

There *are* a few iron implements from way far back, but they are rare enough to be sensations themselves, new city or not. And they are generally singular finds, not multiples from one site.

Matthew
 

Dan Howard

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Aug 2014
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So it's from the first dynasty but is 7000 years old? Looks like they added at least 2000 years for the sensation.
I doubt it was intentional. People constantly confuse "BC" with "years ago". The First Dynasty was c. 3000 BC, which was 5000 years ago. Somewhere along the line "5000 years old" was mixed up with "5000 BC" and by the time it got to the published story, "5000 BC" had been converted to "7000 years old". It is just another example of a journalist not bothering to check their sources.
 
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