Egyptian archaeologists have recently discovered the oldest city in #Egypt. Estimated to date all the way back to 5,316 BC, the nameless city has brought a new wave of excitement among the Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities.
They have unearthed tools, utensils, and remnants of housing thus far. They have also excavated 15 massive graves marked by mastabas, rectangular tombs made of mud bricks with sloping sides and flat roofs. This has led archaeologists to believe this to be the home of senior officials who were responsible for building the royal tombs in the nearby city of Abydos.
This lost city has been discovered in the southern province of Sohage, located near Luxor in Upper Egypt. Breaking ground along the Nile River, it lies approximately 0.25 miles from the ancient city of Abydos and the Temple of Seti I. Abydos houses a necropolis where the earliest identifiable pharaohs had been laid to rest. The Great Temple of Osiris was built there during the sixth dynasty. Osiris is the God of the Underworld, and Abydos quickly became the main hub for this deity. The Temple of Seti I is also notable for its mysterious and controversial hieroglyphs depicting what appears to be helicopters, submarines, airplanes, tanks, and even UFOs. Upper Egypt is the region in which the vast majority of ancient sites dwell. Soon, they will be able to add yet another to their growing list.