Saturday 10 April 2021
Luxor – Muhammad Mahrous:
The official page of the Masrawy website on the social networking site Facebook published an interview with Ali Al-Qaftawi, the head of the archaeological mission, who discovered the lost city under the sand in Luxor.
The foreman said that today’s success is the fruit of a great effort and worked conscientiously, as the workers and I continued to work day and night under the leadership of Dr. Zahi Hawass in order to reach this moment.
Al-Qaftawi added in his meeting with “Masrawy”: I have 40 years of work in the field of archaeological excavations, and I discovered great treasures on our hands, but I had never seen such a discovery before, because the city of workers in the era of King Amenhotep the Third, although its buildings were made of mud bricks except their area. The great significance and history that highlights it has been given great importance to this disclosure.
The Egyptian mission headed by Dr. Zahi Hawass discovered the lost city under the sand, which was called “Ascension of Aton,” which dates back to the reign of King Amenhotep III, and the city continued to be used by Tutankhamun, that is, 3000 years ago.
Dr. Zahi Hawass said that work began in this area to search for the funerary temple of King Tutankhamun, because the temples of Horemheb and Ay had been found before.
Hawass confirmed that the mission found the largest city ever in Egypt, which was founded by one of the greatest rulers of Egypt, King Amenhotep the Third, the ninth king of the Eighteenth Dynasty, who ruled Egypt from 1391 until 1353 BC. His son and future heir to the throne, Amenhotep IV, “Akhenaten”, shared the last eight years of his reign.
Hawass added that this city was the largest administrative and industrial settlement in the era of the Egyptian Empire on the West Bank of Luxor, where houses were found in the city with some walls of about 3 meters high and divided into streets.