Archaeologists in Egypt have unearthed a city that they state dates back more than 7,000 years, which could unlock the secrets of life before the pharaohs.
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The site, which lies by the river Nile, contains huts, tools, pottery and huge graves. Experts state that the size of the 15 newly uncovered graves suggest the high social standing of those who were buried. The discovery was made during an archaeological mission led by the Ministry of Antiquities. Remains of the town were found 400 metres south of King Seti I Temple, which is situated in Abydos, one of the most ancient cities in Egypt.
It is believed that the city was home to important officials and tomb builders who would have flourished during early-era ancient Egyptian times.
The discovery is exciting news not just for the archaeologists, but for the entire country. Egypt’s tourism industry has been in a bit of a lull recently due to the political turmoil that has been a result of President Hosni Mubarak who was overthrown in 2011.
With this exciting chunk of history discovered, those who are interested in the early period of ancient Egyptian history might feel more inclined to visit the country in order to see the tombs and city.
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