The settlement, discovered in September 2020, lies on Luxor’s West Bank, between Medinet Habu and Kom el-Hettân (the mortuary temple of Amenhotep III). Only a small section has been excavated so far, with signs that the settlement extends further to the south, east and west.
The section thought to be the administrative and residential area is surrounded by a wavy wall (see left), which is a rare find in ancient Egypt, with only one entrance point, suggesting tight security for the area. The mudbrick walls of the structures are almost complete, some up to three metres high.
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