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Middle Kingdom wall unearthed in Egypt's Avaris

Egypt's antiquities ministry says archaeologists have found a "giant fence" at the site of the ancient capital city of Avaris in the northern Nile Delta region, dating back over 3,500 years.

Middle Kingdom wall unearthed in Egypt's Avaris
The huge wall, probably dating back to the Middle Kingdom 
discovered at Tel al-Dabaa (Avaris) in Sharqiya 
[Credit: Egypt Antiquities Ministry]
Antiquities Minister Mamdouh el-Damaty said on Tuesday the discovery was made by the Austrian Archaeological Institute. He did not say when the discovery was made.

He says the fence, from the pharaonic Middle Kingdom, may have been part of a city's wall. The period coincided with the invasion of Egypt of the Hyksos, an ancient Asiatic people.

The ministry says the structure was found in Tal el-Dabaa in Sharqiya province, where Egypt's capital of Avaris was located at the time.

Antiquities official Mahmoud Afifi says it's at least 500 meters long and 7 meters thick, made out of sandstone.

Source: The Associated Press [November 24, 2015]

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