The excavations got underway over 10 years ago. Archeologists also uncovered a military administrative center as well as granaries, which helped provide food for Egypt's armies.
Egypt's chief archeologist, Zahi Hawass, says the evidence of lava dates back to around fifteen-hundred B.C.. That's when the Saint Turin Volcano in the Mediterranean Sea erupted, destroying several cities on the coastlines of Egypt and present-day Saudi Arabia.
35,000 people. And secondly, that it occurred about fifteen-hundred B.C.. That's just fifty years before the beginning of the New Kingdom. The remains of the volcano and the lava that has been found in this area, indicate that the archaeological discoveries can fit into historical records from this period."
The amphitheatre is currently in the process of being restored. Authorities intend to rebuild the wooden stage and seating area. This, after being destroyed during the Israeli occupation of the Sinai peninsula, when it became a theatre site for military purposes. Once the restoration process is complete, the site is scheduled to re-open as a tourist attraction.