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Egyptian archaeologists uncover 'complete' Roman city in Luxor

The city is the oldest and most important city found on the eastern bank of Luxor, with residential buildings and two towers to house pigeons
Mostafa Waziri, head of Egypt's Supreme Council of Antiquities, in a video showing off the discovery in Luxor (Mostafa Waziri)

Egyptian archaeologists have unearthed a 1,800-year-old Roman-era city with a complete residential structure in the southern city of Luxor.

Mostafa Waziri, head of Egypt's Supreme Council of Antiquities, said that the city dated to the second and third centuries, and had numerous residential buildings and two towers to house pigeons and doves.

He described it as the "oldest and most important city found on the eastern bank of Luxor".

Researchers found a number of metal workshops that included a collection of pots, tools, and bronze and copper Roman coins.

They hailed the discovery as a rare find. Excavations were made in Luxor's west bank of the Nile River. The area is famous for its tourist attractions of ancient temples and tombs, the Valley of the Queens and the Valley of the Kings.

Egyptian archaeologists have made several major discoveries in recent years.

In April 2021, they uncovered a 3,000-year-old "lost golden city" on Luxor's west bank, considered to be the largest ancient city yet unearthed in Egypt.

The Egyptian government had been pushing to revitalise the tourism industry in the country, and analysts see these recent discoveries as tools to attract media attention and project a good image of Egypt after years of political unrest.

Tourism accounts for almost 10 percent of GDP and supports around two million jobs.

Early in January, archaeologists in Egypt unearthed nine crocodile skulls hidden for thousands of years in two ancient tombs in Upper Egypt's Theban Necropolis.

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