Archaeologists uncover 3,000-year-old 'golden city' in Egypt

Archaeologists uncovered a 3,000-year-old “lost golden city” in Egypt, the biggest ancient city yet discovered in the country.

"The Egyptian mission under Dr. Zahi Hawass found the city that was lost under the sands," the excavation team said in a statement Thursday, CBS News reported. "The city is 3,000 years old, dates to the reign of Amenhotep III, and continued to be used by Tutankhamun and Ay."

Betsy Bryan, a member of the mission team and an Egyptology professor at Johns Hopkins University, said in the statement that this is the second most important discovery in nearly a century since the tomb of Tutankhamun was discovered.


"What they unearthed was the site of a large city in a good condition of preservation, with almost complete walls, and with rooms filled with tools of daily life,” the statement said.

The city was discovered near Luxor, Egyptologist Zahi Hawass said. 

The items discovered already include jewelry, pottery vessels, scarab beetle amulets and mud bricks that have the seals of Amenhotep III, according to CBS News.

"The mission expects to uncover untouched tombs filled with treasures," the statement said.

The city "will give us a rare glimpse into the life of the ancient Egyptians at the time where the empire was at his wealthiest,” Bryan said.