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3,500-year-old underground town discovered in Egypt

06-21-2010 08:27 BJT

CAIRO, June 20 (Xinhua) -- Austrian archeologists have detected a 3,500-year-old Egyptian town buried under the earth in the northeastern region of the Nile Delta.

The city, discovered by an Austrian archeological mission in Tell El-Dab'a, northeastern Egypt, is likely to be Avaris, the capital of Hyksos occupiers who ruled Egypt from 1664 B.C. to 1569 B.C., Egyptian Cultural Minister Farouk Hosni said Sunday.

Secretary General of Egypt's Supreme Council of Antiquities ( SCA) Zahi Hawwas said in a press release that radar imaging showed the outlines of streets, houses and temples of the underground city and a whole view of its urban planning.

Head of the Austrian team Irene Mueller said a Nile River tributary that was passing through the city as well as two buried islands. A port and some wells of different sizes were also detected.

Editor:Zheng Limin |Source: Xinhua

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