Egypt: Tourist Authority - Discovery of an Ancient Human Settlement

Press Release
Egypts Minister of Tourism
Egypt Update

March 20, 1998

Discovery of an Ancient Human Settlement

An American team, excavating the scattered remains of people who may the distant ancestors of the Pharaohs, has discovered what is believed to be one of the earliest human settlements in the world.

Seventy-five large oval houses, a well, and an astronomical observatory dating back to pre-historic times, were unearthed at a site called "Nabta Playa" 100 kms west of Ramses II's famous temple in Abu Simbel.

Fred Windorf, head of the excavation team, said it was the first time that intact pre-historic sites have been found in Egypt.