Last Tuesday, Egyptian archeologists announced their discovery of a complete Roman city in Luxor that dates back to the first centuries of the Christian Era. The Ministry of Antiquities confirmed that it is a residential city from around the second and third centuries located along the Nile, near the Luxor Temple, about 500 kilometers south of Cairo.
Head of Egypt’s Supreme Council of Antiquities, Mostafa Waziri, indicated that the archeologists found an extension to the city of Thebes, an ancient Egyptian capital city, several metal workshops with different tools, and Roman bronze and copper coins. He also mentioned that excavations are still in process.
Notably, in 2021, Egyptian archeologists also discovered an old city that dates back nearly 3,000 years on Luxor’s west bank, located near the Valley of the Kings. The archaeological team called it the largest ancient city ever uncovered in Egypt.
Over the past few months, the state has made a lot of archaeological discoveries, especially in the Saqqara necropolis south of Cairo. Additionally, the ministry announced, not long ago, the discovery of a 3,500 years-old tomb in Luxor. The tomb is said to have been the home of the remains of a royal wife of the 18th dynasty, of kings such as Akhenaten and Tutankhamun.
Following the COVID-19 pandemic, the country suffered a majorly severe economic crisis. However, these latest discoveries have been a key contributor to Egypt’s attempts to revive tourism. Egypt’s tourism industry accounts for 10% of GDP and secures approximately 2 M jobs.