Sunday, December 04, 2011

Statue of Egyptian king Amenhotep III found

Egypt State Information Service

A huge statue of King Amenhotep III has been discovered in the Upper Egyptian city of Luxor.

The 13-meter-high quartzite statue was unearthed during excavations carried out by the mission of the Supreme Council for Antiquities (SCA) in the area of King Amenhotep III Temple in Luxor’s western bank.

SCA Chief, Dr. Mustafa Ameen said the 100-ton colored statue is one of two statues that had been erected at the entrance of the temple in the area of Qurna in Luxor’s western bank.

The State

Egyptian archaeologists have unearthed a large statue of king Amenhotep III who ruled nearly 3,400 years ago and who was the grandfather of the famed boy-pharaoh Tutankhamun.

The Supreme Council of Antiquities says the latest find was made at the king's funerary temple in the southern city of Luxor.

Thursday's statement says the 44 feet (13.5 meter) tall statue is made of colored quartzite. It is composed of several large pieces that once put together will depict the king as standing.

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