New Archaeological Findings Around the World


Zahi Hawass |

Remains of the mudbrick walls of the ”lost golden city of Luxor’.

The archaeological community has been excavating a variety of historical locations recently. As more discoveries are made, excavation sites pop up around the world.
In 2021, archaeologists announced the discovery of a “lost golden city” near Luxor in Egypt called the “Rise of Aten”. Despite the attention this discovery has received, archaeologists have only uncovered a small portion of the ‘lost golden city’. The city was founded by Amenhotep III, the grandfather of Tutankhamun, commonly known as King Tut. According to historical records, the pharaoh Amenhotep III had three palaces in the city. After seven months of excavation, the archaeologists uncovered several neighborhoods including an administrative district and an ancient bakery shop. Any new discoveries could reveal some historical mysteries, such as why Amenhotep III’s son tried to focus Egypt’s religion around the worship of the Aten, the sun disk, rather than ancient Egypt’s traditional pantheon of gods.
Excavations at Karahantepe in Turkey are giving us new insights into what life was like in this part of the world around 9,000 BC. So far archaeologists have found a complex of pillars and a carved human head. However, there is a lot to uncover, and excavations are ongoing, so we can expect more discoveries about the site and the people who built it later in the year.
Archaeologists digging near the site of Qumran in the West Bank, where the Dead Sea Scrolls were buried in nearby caves, plan to excavate a previously unexplored cave and continue investigating a series of tunnels. The team’s previous digs have uncovered some intriguing remains, including a 12th cave that once held Dead Sea Scrolls, and we may hear of new discoveries from the site as the excavations continue.
A lack of electronic and technological supplies, as well as travel restrictions from COVID-19, has stopped many archaeologists from traveling to foreign locations to excavate some of these sites. However, the ones who can work overseas are making groundbreaking discoveries.