In news that rocked the archaeological world last week it was announced that a discovery in Egypt may be the most important find in the country since the unearthing of Tutankhamun’s tomb a century ago.

A massive find at what is believed to be the long lost city of Aten is reportedly the largest ever single find in the country, and is already filling in gaps historians have only been able to guess about for centuries.


Renowned Egyptologist Dr. Zahi Hawass has even called it a “lost golden city”.

Located just outside Luxor in the centre of the country, Aten, is thought to date to a period that coincided with the rule of Amenhotep III, a pharaoh who ruled the land from 1391 to 1353 BC.

It was first uncovered in September 2020, but is only now fully being revealed.

Speaking of the find, Betsy Brian, a professor of Egyptology in the US said “The discovery of this lost city is the second most important archaeological discovery since the tomb of Tutankhamun,” adding that it would “give us a rare glimpse into the life of the ancient Egyptians” from the era.

Already pottery in a range of colours, and beetle amulets have been discovered as have “almost complete walls, and with rooms filled with tools of daily life” according to Dr. Hawass.

A wide shot of an ancient city found near Luxor in Egypt
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