New discovery in Egypt highlights the history of the Hyksos capital of Avaris

Nevine El-Aref , Tuesday 24 Nov 2015

A gigantic Middle Kingdom sandstone wall has been uncovered in Tel Al-Dabaa town in Sharqiya governorate

A part of the newly discovered wall and the depression

An Austrian archaeological mission uncovered a 500-meter-long sandstone wall from the late Middle Kingdom era during excavation work carried out in Tel Al-Dabaa town (Avaris) in Sharqiya governorate in the Delta, the antiquities minister announced on Tuesday.

Mamdouh El-Damaty described the discovery as important because it highlights the second intermediate period and the Hyksos invasion to Egypt that is considered as a crucial era in ancient Egyptian history. Tel Al-Dabaa, or Avaris in ancient times, was also Egypt's capital and it has still not yet been totally explored and studied because most of its ancient ruins are still hidden within the town's agricultural land.

Mahmoud Affifi, the head of the ancient Egyptian antiquities department, said that the location of the newly discovered wall suggests that it once enclosed a port because it stretches along a depression very deep on the eastern side.

He suggests that the wall could be related to an old town that controlled all the entrances to the depression and the town's provinces located on the western side of the wall.



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