26 Apr '11, 2pm

13m high, pharoah statue discovered during Luxor excavations - one of largest ever unearthed

13m high, pharoah statue discovered during Luxor excavations - one of largest ever unearthed

The 13m tall statue of Amenhotep III was one of pair that flanked the northern entrance to the grand funerary temple on the west bank of the Nile that is currently the focus of a major excavation. -- PHOTO: AP CAIRO - ARCHEOLOGISTS unearthed one of the largest statues to date of a powerful ancient Egyptian pharoah at his mortuary temple in the southern city of Luxor, the country's antiquities authority announced on Tuesday. The 13m tall statue of Amenhotep III was one of pair that flanked the northern entrance to the grand funerary temple on the west bank of the Nile that is currently the focus of a major excavation. The statue consists of seven large quartzite blocks and still lacks a head and was actually first discovered in the 1970s and then rehidden, according to the press release from the country's antiquities authority. Archaeologists expect to find its twin in the ...

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