Egyptian authorities have announced that they have discovered the remains of an “entire Roman city” in Luxor, BTA reports.
The remains belong to 2-3 centuries. They are located on the east bank of the Nile, near the Luxor Temple. Metallurgical workshops with numerous tools and “Roman copper and bronze coins” have already been discovered, said Mostafa Waziri, secretary general of Egypt’s Supreme Council of Cultural Monuments. Excavations continue.
In 2021, Egyptian archaeologists discovered “Egypt’s largest ancient city”, more than 3,000 years old, on the west bank of the Nile near Luxor, home to the famous Valley of the Kings and Queens.
Egypt has recently announced several major finds, mainly at the Saqqara necropolis south of Cairo, but also in Luxor, where the 3,500-year-old tomb of the 18th dynasty royal consort, Akhenaten and Tutankhamun, was discovered.
For some experts, the reports have more political and economic significance than scientific ones, as the country, which is experiencing a severe economic crisis, relies on tourism to restore its finances.
To boost the sector, which generates more than 10 percent of GDP, Cairo has promised for months to soon open the Grand Egyptian Museum near the Giza Plateau. It was expected to be unveiled last year, to coincide with the bicentenary of Frenchman Jean-Francois Champollion’s deciphering of the Rosetta Stone and the centenary of the discovery of Pharaoh Tutankhamun’s tomb.