An ancient city that dates back more than 5,000 years, containing houses, tools, pottery and huge graves has been unearthed in Egypt.
The city lies by the river Nile, close to the Temple of Seti the First in Abydos.
According to experts, the size of the 15 newly discovered graves indicates the high social standing of those buried.
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It is believed the city was home to important officials and tomb builders and would have flourished during early-era ancient Egyptian times.
Archaeologists say the discovery could be a boost for Egypt’s struggling tourism industry which has been in the doldrums since President Hosni Mubarak was overthrown in 2011.
They have made a range of finds in the newly-discovered city including buildings, shards of pottery and tools.
It is believed that this location was home to important officials and tomb builders who may have been engaged in the construction of royal graves in the nearby sacred city of Abydos – a place of many temples, and a capital in an early period of ancient Egyptian history.
The discovery comes at a time when Egypt is trying to re-energize its hugely important tourism industry, which has suffered badly as a result of protracted political turmoil.
Officials quoted in the Egypt Independent said the discovery was made by an archaeological mission that belongs to the country’s Antiquities Ministry, and not a foreign group.
Two mummies more than 1,000 years old have been found by archaeologists in a suburb of Lima, Peru.
The mummies – of an adult and a child – were found at an ancient religious complex which has been under excavation since 1981.
The child is believed to have been an offering to the gods and may have been buried alive after the adult’s death.
Researchers also found other offerings including the remains of guinea pigs and jars with feline designs.
“This is one of the most important finds in more than three decades of excavation, because the mummies are intact,” researcher Gladys Paz told the AFP news agency.
Two mummies more than 1,000 years old have been found by archaeologists in a suburb of Lima
The mummies are squatting and are fully dressed wrapped in rope.
It is the third intact find among more than 70 tombs uncovered in the Huaca Pucllana tomb, a pyramid-like temple built by the pre-Columbian Wari culture between 100 and 600 AD in what is now the Miraflores neighborhood.
In 2010, archaeologists found the remains of a woman with four children, and in 2008, the remains of a teenage girl.
The site was built on 2.5 hectares of land and towers over 66ft high. So far, only about 40% has been excavated.
The Wari culture flourished between AD 500 to 1,000 on the coastal area of northern Peru.
Little is known about them, as they did not appear to leave a written record.