Archaeologists discover 7,000-year-old lost city

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By Sam Berman, Buzz60

Egyptian Archaeologists have just discovered a 7,000 year-old lost city along the Nile river.

Mahmouf Afify, head of The Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities says they have excavated parts of Abydos, a site dating back to 5,316 BCE that could have been part of the first capital of one of the earliest Egyptian empires.

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Visitors tour the depths of the Vincennes quarry during a press visit, near Paris, France, Wednesday Aug. 5, 2015. The tunnels zigzagging through limestone were created to provide building materials for Paris. Then they became the damp home to vast subterranean mushroom farms. Now, deep beneath the city’s largest park, the quarry is usually off-limits, deemed too dangerous for regular visitors. Unescorted spelunkers face a 60-euro ($65) fine, but on Wednesday the 20-meter (66-foot) spiral staircase leading down into the earth from the Bois de Vincennes park was briefly opened to journalists. (AP Photo/Jacques Brinon)
Visitors tour the depths of the Vincennes quarry during a press visit, near Paris, France, Wednesday Aug. 5, 2015. The tunnels zigzagging through limestone were created to provide building materials for Paris. Then they became the damp home to vast subterranean mushroom farms. Now, deep beneath the city’s largest park, the quarry is usually off-limits, deemed too dangerous for regular visitors. Unescorted spelunkers face a 60-euro ($65) fine, but on Wednesday the 20-meter (66-foot) spiral staircase leading down into the earth from the Bois de Vincennes park was briefly opened to journalists. (AP Photo/Jacques Brinon)
Visitors tour the depths of the Vincennes quarry during a press visit, near Paris, France, Wednesday Aug. 5, 2015. The tunnels zigzagging through limestone were created to provide building materials for Paris. Then they became the damp home to vast subterranean mushroom farms. Now, deep beneath the city’s largest park, the quarry is usually off-limits, deemed too dangerous for regular visitors. Unescorted spelunkers face a 60-euro ($65) fine, but on Wednesday the 20-meter (66-foot) spiral staircase leading down into the earth from the Bois de Vincennes park was briefly opened to journalists. (AP Photo/Jacques Brinon)
Visitors tour the depths of the Vincennes quarry during a press visit, near Paris, France, Wednesday Aug. 5, 2015. The tunnels zigzagging through limestone were created to provide building materials for Paris. Then they became the damp home to vast subterranean mushroom farms. Now, deep beneath the city’s largest park, the quarry is usually off-limits, deemed too dangerous for regular visitors. Unescorted spelunkers face a 60-euro ($65) fine, but on Wednesday the 20-meter (66-foot) spiral staircase leading down into the earth from the Bois de Vincennes park was briefly opened to journalists. (AP Photo/Jacques Brinon)
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So far, the excavation team has uncovered fragments and remnants of houses, tools, utensils and at least 15 elaborate tombs belonging to Egyptian royals.

According to the Ministry, The city, only being a quarter mile away from the sacred city of Abyd, is an important discovery that could lead to new information about ancient Egyptian History.

Chris Eyre, a professor of Egyptology at the University of Liverpool also stressed how important this discovery is.

He told BBC News, "About a mile behind where this material is said to be we have the necropolis with royal tombs going from before history to the period where we start getting royal names, we start getting identifiable kings."

Experts say knowledge about the city will play an important role in Egyptian History, being that it is thought to be one of the first Egyptian cities.

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