The Egyptian Ministry of Tourism and Archaeology claimed on April 8, 2021, that archaeologists had discovered a “Lost Golden City” hidden underneath the ancient Egyptian city of Luxor for the last 3,000 years.
Because the city was recently found last year in September, researchers could only scrape the surface of the vast site, making it difficult to assess the discovery’s Egyptological significance for the time being. However, the amount of preservation discovered to date impressed many people.
The Lost City “Aten”
Monarch Amenhotep III, the 9th king of the 18th dynasty of ancient Egypt, is believed to be established as Aten. Aten is considered the greatest administrative and industrial city of its time, located in Luxor’s southern region. This city’s discovery provides a unique glimpse into ancient Egyptian society during the empire’s most prosperous period.
Akhenaten relocated the royal throne from Thebes to a brand-new city named Akhetaten and managed a brief aesthetic revolution that evolved Egyptian art from being rigid and uniform to lively and intricate. After his death, however, virtually all traces of the king were erased.
His son, the boy king Tutankhamun, Akhenaten’s capital, art, religion, and even his name were gradually disregarded and erased from history. Only the rediscovery of Amarna in the eighteenth century resurrected the memory of the renegade commander.
The researchers have found many ancient settlements. The team discovered the ruins of a bakery in the southern portion of the city, which had a cooking area with ovens and pottery storage bins. According to the statement, the kitchen presumably served a huge clientele.
Archaeologists discovered a residential, administrative sector with larger, well-kept structures in a different, partially-uncovered portion of the excavation. A zigzag fence surrounded the region, with just one entrance leading to the residential parts and interior passageways. According to the statement, this single entrance likely acted as a security precaution, allowing ancient Egyptians control over the entry and exit.