File photo – A fisherman makes use of a traditional catch just on the river Nile in Beheira Governorate, Egypt, on 3 September 2016. Photo taken Sept. 3, 2016. (REUTERS/Mohammed Abd El-Ghany)
Archaeologists in Egypt have discovered an ancient ‘city’ and the cemetery once used by the officials charged with the construction of the royal tombs.
The Egyptian Antiquities Ministry said that the discovery in the ancient city of Abydos dates to the Early Dynastic Period, more than 4500 years ago.
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Hani Aboul-Azm, a ministry official, said about 15 large tombs are found on the site, about 250 km south of Cairo. In a Facebook post, the Antiquities of the Ministry said that some of the graves are 49 metres by 13 metres and different designs.
Cabins with pots and tools were also found at the site, indicating the existence of a residential town, probably the housing of workers on the royal tombs. The recently discovered ‘city’ is located 1,312 feet south of the King Seti I temple at Abydos.
The size of the new city is not clear, according to LiveScience, referring to the Egyptian museum of Antiquities of the Ministry. LiveScience also notes that the first kings of Egypt seem to be buried in Abydos, which is located approximately six miles of the Nile River.
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The discovery is just the latest in a series of amazing finds in Egypt. Archaeologists, for example, recently discovered the well-preserved mummified body of a 3,200-year-old nobleman in Luxor. Other recent finds include more than 120 images of the ancient Egyptian boats at Abydos, and two new holes in the Great Pyramid of Giza.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.