An ancient city and a necropolis were discovered in Egypt. They would date from 5300 BC.
Archaeologists have discovered an ancient city and cemetery in Egypt dating back to 5300 BC, the Ministry of Antiquities said on Wednesday.
The city and necropolis, presumably home to high officials, were discovered in Upper Egypt some 400 meters from the temple of Seti I in the ancient city of Abydos, said the minister. They date from 5316 BC.
15 large tombs housing the body of important figures discovered
Archaeologists have discovered huts, pottery and stone tools, he said. He also mentioned the discovery during the excavations of 15 large tombs, some even larger than the royal tombs in Abydos, suggesting that they housed the bodies of important figures.
“This discovery could shed much light on the history of Abydos,” he said. Located about 550 km south of Cairo and famous in ancient times for sheltering the tomb of Osiris, the god of the dead, Abydos’ predynastic site is known for its temples, especially Seti I and its necropolis.
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.