7,000-yr-old city found in Egypt Cairo, Feb 03: A team of US archaeologists has discovered the ruins of a city dating back to the period of the first farmers
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, Feb 4, 2008
7,000-yr-old city found in Egypt
Cairo, Feb 03: A team of US
archaeologists has discovered the ruins of a city dating back to the
period of the first farmers 7,000 years ago in Egypt`s Fayyum oasis, the
Supreme Council of Antiquities said.
"An electromagnetic survey
revealed the existence in the karanis region of a network of walls and
roads similar to those constructed during the Greco-roman period," the
council`s chief Zahi Hawwas said on Saturday.
The remnants of the
city are "still buried beneath the sand and the details of this discovery
will be revealed in due course," Hawwas said. "The artefacts consist of
the remains of walls and houses in terracotta or dressed limestone as well
as a large quantity of pottery and the foundations of ovens and grain
stores," he added.
The remains date back to the neolithic period
between 5,200 and 4,500 BC.
The local director of antiquities,
ahmed abdel alim, said the site was just seven kilometres (four miles)
from Fayyum lake and would probably have lain at the water`s edge at the
time it was inhabited.
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