Egypthave found a giant statue of an ancient queen at the site of two already huge Colossi of Memnon in southern . Reports indicate that the statue represents Queen Tiy, the wife of 18th dynasty Pharaoh Amenhotep III. Egypt
It is approximately 12 feet tall (3.62 meters). The entire site is expected to be excavated over the next five years, archaeologists said on Saturday.
The colossi's twin statues stand at the entrance to the road that leads to
Luxor's famous Valley of the Kings.
Minister of Culture Farouq Hosni told reporters that the discovery is a "formidable" enterprise and the ministry expects both statues will be erected for public viewing next year. They will be part of an "open air museum," he said.
Egyptian and European archeologists on Saturday announced they had discovered a giant statue of an ancient pharaonic queen on the spectacular south
site of the Colossi of Memnon. Egypt
The statue represents Queen Tiy, the wife of 18th dynasty Pharaoh Amenhotep III, and stands 3.62 metres high (almost 12 feet).
It was discovered around the site of the massive Colossi of Memnon twin statues that command the road to
Luxor's famed Valley of the Kings.
Two sphinx representing Tiy and Amenhotep III as well as 10 statues in black granite of the lion-headed goddess Sekhmet, who protected the pharaohs, we also found by the archeologists and presented to reporters and senior officials.