Building a whole new city must be no joke, but that’s precisely what Pharaoh Akhenaten did after abandoning the city of Thebes (modern Luxor), which his father built. You might know the ancient Egyptian ruler as Queen Nefertiti’s husband or as Tutankamun’s dad, but Akhenaten did more than just abandon one city for another. He went on to build great artistic structures in his new city—before his son, well, destroyed it all.
In an exciting recent discovery, archaeologists have unearthed the city that Akhenaten abandoned. Dubbed the biggest Egyptian excavation of this decade, “the lost golden city of Luxor” could provide evidence of how people lived and, well, what prompted Akhenaten to leave. Archaeologists continue to be amazed at their findings, which include jewelry, pottery, and seals of the emperor. Will they find untouched tombs filled with treasures? Perhaps. For now, they’re walking between the walls of the city, imagining life back in the day and looking for clues.