Egypt: Archaeologists find statue of Tut's grandfather

By REUTERS
April 26, 2011 19:14

 
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CAIRO - Egyptian archaeologists have unearthed the biggest statue of Tutankhamun's grandfather Amenhotep III and another of the goddess Sekhmet, the country's antiquities chief Zahi Hawass said on Tuesday.


Both statues were discovered at the pharaoh's temple on the western bank of the Nile at Luxor in southern Egypt. The statue of Amenhotep III, who reigned around 3,350 years ago, is 13.65 metres (yards) high and carved out of quartzite.


The statue, found in seven chunks and missing a head, is one of twin statues erected in front of the temple's northern entrance, said to have been destroyed in an earthquake in 27 BC.


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