Egypt has an aura of mystery surrounding it. Mystery shrouds its origins, its religion, and its monumental architecture. Well, there is more to Egypt than its pyramids and its many ancient monuments, one of the remaining wonders of the seven wonders of the ancient world.
Almost as if it is a scene playing from the film, Indiana Jones. Since recently archaeologists have been successful in unearthing the ancient city buried for centuries under Egypt that has been eluding explorers for decades. With researchers unearthing it, the place full of artifacts gives more information about the pharaohs.
All About the Golden City
The city of Aten has been one of the largest ancient dwellings found in Egypt. Its location is close to Luxor during the reign of Amenhotep III, one of Egypt’s most powerful pharaohs, who went on to rule from 1391 to 1353 BC.
The acclaimed Egyptologist Dr. Zahi Hawass has described the new site as the lost golden city, the excavations of the same began in September 2020. After the excavations began, the archaeologists began discovering mud bricks and the remains of an ancient city. The city was in great condition, complete with walls and full of tools required for daily life. Not only the golden city but there has also been a world of discoveries hiding behind the stately facade of the country. Here are some of the other most exciting and unexpected discoveries from Egypt.
The Secret of the Skeleton
Egypt has been privy to the remains of many ancient rulers and subjects, however, a skeleton unearthed at Aten has been puzzling archaeologists for years. The figure was discovered with its arms outstretched and a rope tied around its knees, it left the archaeologists bamboozled and the team is still trying to find out how the person died. The site also has an entire cemetery with stone tombs like the ones discovered in the Valley of the Kings.
The Mysterious Zigzag Wall
Another unusual structure discovered in the lost city is the zigzag wall. The wall is different from the usual excavations because something like this has not been found previously.
The wall has just one entrance leading to making researchers think about the guarded entry heavily guarded giving a leeway of an amalgamation of residential and administrative buildings.
Old Preserved Meat
There have been many discoveries from the site, including something as weird as 3,500-year-old meat? Yes, it does sound very un-appetizing. But scientists discovered a vessel filled with boiled or dried meat. The container also came with the inscription as Year 37, dressed meat for the third Heb Sed festival from the slaughterhouse of the stockyard.
The inscription gives us an inkling about the city and gives us the names of the two people who were active during the time of king Amenhotep III and his son Akhenaten. It gives an inkling of the times of yore and the lifestyle of the people at that time.
Baked Goodies a Big Thing During Those Times
The excavations reveal a lot about the food habits during that time. Not only were people meat-eaters, but they were also fond of eating bakery foods and they also had a thriving bakery.
Archaeologists have an intact structure complete with an elaborate preparation area, ovens, and storage pottery. The size of the kitchen gave us a glimpse of the catering styles during that time, as it catered to the needs of the workers and employees. Not only baking things but tools have been unearthed for spinning and weaving from that site.
One of the most amazing discoveries of the city is it is one of the most well-planned ancient cities ever with an impressive state of preservation. The preservation state has unraveled different pieces of information about the place.
There has been the discovery of residential neighborhoods, along with industrial and administrative centers. It tells a lot about the ancient city’s thriving culture and prosperous economy. There has been the display of impressive metalwork and glassmaking. However, the interesting thing to note about the place is, that the city was abandoned.
Akhenaten and Nefertiti had asked their subjects to relocate their empire’s capital and transfer to the city of Amarna. However, it is still not known what prompted the mass exodus, we are sure large-scale excavations will eventually give the reason why.
Isn’t the Lost City of Egypt sound extremely intriguing?