Civil unrest, political upheavals and two airplane incidents in recent years have affected the flow of tourists to the land of the pharaohs, but a new excavation has Egyptian officials hoping the trend will reverse. A cemetery and a residential city dating back over 7,300 years were discovered by archaeologists in a dig close to existing historical sites along the river Nile.
In an announcement Wednesday, Mahmoud Afify, head of the Egyptian Antiquities Sector, said the find dated back to BCE 5316, which was the beginning of an important dynastic period, Egypt’s First Dynasty. The discovery was made 400 meters (440 yards) south of the King Seti I Temple in Abydos city that is close to the more famous Luxor.
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