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Egypt unearths city and cemetery over 7,000 years old
Egypt has unearthed a more than 7,000-year-old city and cemetery dating back to its First Dynasty in the southern province of Sohag, the Antiquities Ministry said on Wednesday.
The find could be a boon for Egypt’s ailing tourism industry, which has suffered endless setbacks since an uprising that toppled autocrat Hosni Mubarak in 2011 but remains a vital source of foreign currency.
The city likely housed high-ranking officials and grave builders. Its discovery may yield new insights on Abydos, one of the oldest cities in Ancient Egypt, the ministry said in a statement.
Experts say Abydos was Egypt’s capital towards the end of the Predynastic Period and during the rule of the first four dynasties.
The discovery was made 400 meters away from the temple of Seti I, a New Kingdom period memorial across the Nile from present day Luxor.
Archaeologists have so far uncovered huts, pottery remains and iron tools as well as 15 huge graves, some of which were larger than the graves of kings in Abydos, the ministry said in a statement.
“The size of the graves discovered in the cemetery is larger in some instances than royal graves in Abydos dating back to the First Dynasty, which proves the importance of the people buried there and their high social standing during this early era of ancient Egyptian history,” the ministry said.
Egypt’s tourism industry has struggled to recover since the bombing of a Russian plane carrying 224 people from a Red Sea resort in October 2015.
More than 14.7 million tourists visited Egypt in 2010, dropping to 9.8 million in 2011. In the first quarter of 2016 just 1.2 million tourists traveled to Egypt, down from 2.2 million a year earlier.
Egypt jails killer of the Abu Dhabi Islamic Egypt CEO for 4 days bending probes
Egyptian authorities have arrested on 37-year-old man suspected of “murdering” Abu Dhabi Islamic Egypt CEO Nevine Lotfy in her villa in 6 October city, Youm7 reported on Wednesday.
6 October Prosecution office ordered on Thursday to imprison the accused to four days in jail pending investigations and accused him of killing, robbery, and possession of bladed weapon.
The accused man, Kreem S., has confessed his crime, saying that he climbed the wall of the villa where he entered through window he broke. He added that he stabbed her to death when she resisted him.
Brazilian T.V. delegation in Sharm el Sheikh to promote Egyptian tourism
Sharm el Sheikh city has received a delegation from the Brazilian Television, that will shoot an episode on Egyptian archeological sites to be telecasted on Multishow channel in Brazil, Youm7 reported.
The delegations’ five-day visit came in light of efforts exerted by the General Authority for Tourism Development to promote the Egyptian tourism.
The number of tourists visiting Egypt has witnessed a sharp decline following the crash of a Russian airliner over Sinai in late October. Germany, Italy, Russia, France, and the U.K. are among the states that decided to halt flights to and from Egyptian airports shortly after the crash.
The industry took a further dive following the murder of Italian Cambridge University graduate, Giulio Regeni, whose body was dumped along a highway with signs of torture in Egypt’s Giza governorate in early February.
Egypt’s tourism sector represents 11 percent of the country’s GDP and the second main source of hard currency after the Suez Canal.
Endangered dorcas gazelle give birth to baby in Giza Zoo
Giza Zoo announced in a statement on Thursday that a dorcas female gazelle give birth to a new baby for this endangered strain.
The new baby, which born in the zoo, is in good condition and his mother, the statement read.