Thursday, May 06, 2010

Headless statue found in Taposiris Magna

Discovery News (Rossella Lorenzi)

With photo.

A headless granite statue of a Ptolemaic king has emerged from the ruins of an ancient Egyptian limestone temple believed to be the burial site of Queen Cleopatra and her lover Mark Antony.

According to a statement issued on Tuesday by the Supreme Council of Antiquities, the sculpture was unearthed at Taposiris Magna, a site some 30 miles from the port city of Alexandria, by an Egyptian-Dominican team searching for the tomb of the doomed lovers.

Egypt State Information Service

The expedition also managed to unearth the original entry to the temple along with the stone gates that lead to the entry, Hosni added.

In an SCA statement, Hawwas said the statue is one of the most spectacular Ptolemaic-era ones found, although its head is yet to be found.

The granite statue is believed to belong to Ptolemy IV who built the temple, the statement said, noting that efforts are now focused on finding the head to complete the magnificent piece.

Moreover, the expedition found limestone bases with traces of sphinx statues along a six-meter path to the temple, which indicates that the temple was surrounded by these statues, the statement said.

Among the archeologists taking part in the expedition is Kathleen Martinez from the Dominican Republic, the statement noted.

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