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  • Archaeologists discover 7,000-year-old lost city in Egypt

     

    Egypt has unearthed a more than 7,000-year-old city and cemetery dating back to its First Dynasty in the southern province of Sohag, the Antiquities Ministry said on Wednesday.

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

    The city likely housed high-ranking officials and grave builders. Its discovery may yield new insights on 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 and iron tools as well as 15 huge graves, some of which were larger than the graves of kings in Abydos, the ministry said in a statement.

    “The size of the graves discovered in the cemetery is larger in some instances than royal graves in Abydos dating back to the First Dynasty, which proves the importance of the people buried there and their high social standing during this early era of ancient Egyptian history,” the ministry said.

    Egypt's tourism industry has struggled to recover since the bombing of a Russian plane carrying 224 people from a Red Sea resort in October 2015.

    More than 14.7 million tourists visited Egypt in 2010, dropping to 9.8 million in 2011. In the first quarter of 2016 just 1.2 million tourists travelled to Egypt, down from 2.2 million a year earlier. 

    source: -www.independent.co.uk

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  • Real life Jungle Book! Indian siblings wander into jungle with tigers and other wild animals for days at a time… but always come back unharmed

     

    A pair of Indian siblings who have a close bond with wild animals have been compared to Mowgli from The Jungle Book.Surendera Kumar and his sister Rajeshwari, 25, wander into the jungle for days at a time and play with monkeys in Rajnandgaon, in the Chhattisgarh region.They never fear the wild animals that roam the area and love to play freely amongst the trees and fauna.Their mother Pancho Bai, 45, lives her life in fear of losing them and in particular Surendera, 20, known as Golu, because of how close he gets to the animals.She said: 'He roams around in the jungle and I have to drag him home. I have seen him playing Kabaddi sporting game and hide and seek with monkeys and chasing them around. 'I've often seen Golu behaving like a monkey. People in our village have even tagged him a Gorilla for the way he walks. He has a bond with animals and I believe that is why no animal has ever 'Strangers in our area are often shocked and frightened by his Gorilla like appearance but the children are now used to him and they often play.'Pancho said the pair were born looking different to her three other children.'They were both born this way,' she said. 'They started walking normally aged one but neither have been able to talk properly, and have this remarkable connection to the outdoors.'The family live in an area controlled by the communist guerilla group Naxal.

    Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3714477/Indian-siblings-wander-jungle-tigers-wild-animals-days-time-come-unharmed.html#ixzz4FyFTGTap 

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