Archaeologists in Egypt have discovered an ancient ‘city’ and cemetery once used by officials tasked with building royal tombs.
The Egyptian Antiquities Ministry said that the find in the ancient city of Abydos dates back to the Early Dynastic Period, more than 4,500 years ago.
Hani Aboul-Azm, a ministry official, says around 15 large tombs have been found at the site, some 250 miles south of Cairo. In a Facebook post, the Antiquities Ministry said that some of the tombs are 49 feet by 13 feet and are different designs.
Huts containing pots and tools were also found at the site, indicating the existence of a residential city, likely housing workers on the royal tombs. The newly-discovered ‘city’ is located 1,312 feet south of King Seti I’s temple at Abydos.
The size of the new city is not clear, according to LiveScience, citing the Egyptian Antiquities Ministry. LiveScience also notes that the earliest kings of Egypt appear to be buried at Abydos, which is located about six miles from the Nile River.
The discovery is just the latest in a series of amazing finds in Egypt. Archaeologists, for example, recently discovered the well-preserved mummified body of a 3,200-year-old nobleman in Luxor. Other recent finds include more than 120 images of ancient Egyptian boats in Abydos and two new cavities at the Great Pyramid of Giza.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.