Sunday, October 3, 2010

Another Statue of Amenhotep III Uncovered in Egypt

From the Star Tribune:

Archaeologists in Egypt unearth 3,400-year-old granite statue of pharaoh
Associated Press
Last update: October 2, 2010 - 11:50 AM

This photo cracks me up.  You really can't see the important
statue of Pharaoh Amenhotep III, but front and center is
Zahi Hawass, LOL! 
CAIRO - Archaeologists have unearthed the upper part of a double limestone statue of a powerful pharaoh who ruled nearly 3,400 years ago, Egypt's Ministry of Culture said Saturday.

A ministry statement said the team of Egyptian archaeologists discovered the 4-foot (1.3-meter) by 3-foot (0.95-meter) statue of Amenhotep III in Kom el-Hittan, the site of the pharaoh's mortuary temple in the southern city of Luxor.

The temple is one of the largest on the west bank of the Nile in Luxor.

The statue portrays Amenhotep III wearing the double crown of Egypt, which is decorated with a uraeus, and seated on a throne next to the Theban god Amun.

Amenhotep III, who was the grandfather of the famed boy-pharaoh Tutankhamun, ruled in the 14th century B.C. at the height of Egypt's New Kingdom and presided over a vast empire stretching from Nubia in the south to Syria in the north.

The pharaoh's temple was largely destroyed, possibly by floods, and little remains of its walls. But archaeologists have been able to unearth a wealth of artifacts and statuary in the buried ruins, including two statues of Amenhotep made of black granite found at the site in March 2009.

Supreme Council of Antiquities, HO In this undated
hand out picture released, Saturday, Oct.2, 2010, the
unearthed double limestone statue  of Ahmenhotep III.
 Here is a much better photo of - I believe - the newest recovered statue of Pharaoh Amenhotep III.

More coverage:

Egypt unearths 3,400-year-old granite statues
Associated Press,
Posted on Sat, Oct. 02, 2010 09:43 AM

Luxor yields Amenhotep III statue
Press TV
Sun Oct 3, 2010 4:53PM
(an excellent photo of the double statue - one side is headless, eek!)

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