7000-year-old city Discovered in Egypt

Vickie Mathis
December 5, 2016

The rich discovery is exciting news, our correspondent says, and not just for modern Egypt's archaeologists.

According to Afify, the city and cemetery likely belonged to senior officials who were responsible for building royal tombs, as the archaeologists found a number of tools that indicate that the residential city was largely responsible for supplying the labor force required to build royal tombs.

Archaeologists in Egypt have unearthed what they describe as a city that dates back more than 7,000 years, containing houses, tools, pottery and huge graves, BBC News reports.

A necropolis and residential settlement were uncovered Tuesday in Abydos in Sohag, nearly 400 kilometers south of the temple of the New Kingdom pharaoh Seti I.

Egyptian archeologists have discovered an ancient city and graveyard at the historical site of Abydos in southern Egypt.

Abydos was established by a pre-dynastic ruler and is notable for its temples and graves.

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"This size reflects the position of the tombs' owners - their importance and social level within the community of that period", Afifi told Ahram Online.

The ancient city was discovered in Abydos in southern Egypt that is located approximately 400 meters from the Temple of King Seti I.

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Egyptian officials hope the discovery, which was made by members of the country's Antiquities Ministry, will play a major role in boosting tourism, which has dropped to record levels since the Egyptian Revolution of 2011.

Egypt is full of ancient archaeological sites that have long attracted millions of tourists, but visitors have become increasingly rare in recent years due to political instability and jihadist attacks.

More than 14.7 million tourists visited Egypt in 2010, dropping to 9.8 million in 2011.

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