Wednesday, 25 August 2010

Yale archaeologists discover remains of ancient oasis city in South Egypt

A team of archaeologists from Yale University has unearthed the remains of an Egyptian city built more than 3,500 years ago in the southern Kharga oasis, which once connected caravan routes between the Nile Valley and what is now western Sudan.

The mud-brick settlement, which measures about 1km by 250m (3,280 by 820 feet), is thought to have been an administrative center, Zahi Hawass, secretary- general of Egypt’s Supreme Council of Antiquities, said in an e-mailed statement today. The discovery of a bakery and large debris dumps suggests the city produced a food surplus and may have been feeding an army, John Coleman Darnell, head of the Yale mission, was cited as saying.

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