During excavations in the center of Luxor, Egypt, archaeologists have discovered a ‘complete Roman city’ that is about 1800 years old. It is the “oldest and most important city” on the east bank of the Nile, the head of the Supreme Council of Antiquities, Mustafa Wasiri, said on Tuesday.
Archaeologists have already unearthed several residential buildings, two towers that housed pigeons, and a number of metalworking workshops, complete with tools and Roman copper and bronze coins. “And the excavations continue,” said Wasiri (pictured below).
Series of spectacular finds
Egypt has presented some spectacular archaeological finds in recent months, most notably in the vast necropolis of Saqqara south of Cairo. Authorities hope to use the discoveries to boost tourism, which has been languishing for years.
Critics accuse authorities of favoring spectacular excavations over boring and less publicly effective investigations.