Egypt has unearthed a city more than 7,000 years old and a cemetery dating back to its first dynasty in the southern province of Sohag, The Guardian reports.

 

The find could be a boon for Egypt’s ailing tourism industry, which has suffered a series of setbacks since the uprising that toppled the autocrat Hosni Mubarak in 2011, but remains a vital source of foreign currency.

 

The city is likely to have housed high-ranking officials and grave builders. Its discovery may yield new insights into 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 metres 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, iron tools and 15 huge graves.

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