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3,000-year-old lost Egyptian city discovered by archaeologists

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Archaeologists have discovered a 3,000-year-old "lost golden city" in Egypt — hailed by experts as the most important find since the tomb of Tutankhamun.

The city was unearthed by a team of archaeologists led by Zahi Hawass near Luxor, about 300 miles south of the capital, Cairo — and dates back to the period under King Amenhotep III of the 18th dynasty.

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"Many foreign missions searched for this city and never found it," Hawass said in a statement.

Betsy Brian, professor of Egyptology at Johns Hopkins University, called the discovery the most important archaeological find since the 1922 discovery of King Tut’s tomb — found fully intact in the Valley of the Kings.

Archeological discoveries are seen in Luxor, Egypt, in this undated handout photo. Zahi Hawass Center for Egyptology and High Council of Antiquities Joint Mission/Handout via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. MANDATORY CREDIT. NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVES