Monday, December 20, 2010

3,000-year-old statuary fragments depicting Hapi and Amenhotep III found at pharaoh's funerary temple

Two 3000-year-old statuary fragments, depicting the god Hapi and King Amenhotep III, were unearthed in Egypt this week.

The discovery of the statues at the pharaoh's mortuary temple in Luxor, was announced in a statement to the press by Minister of Culture Farouk Hosny.

The find of the two granite fragments happened during routine excavations on the northern side of the temple.

The excavations at the site aim to uncover and preserve the ruins of the funerary complex, which once was the largest temple in Egypt – dwarfing even Karnak.

Unfortunately, Amenhotep III's mortuary temple was constructed to close to the edge of the Nile floodpain, and it collapsed less that 200 years after its 14th century BC construction. All what remains of the 350,000 square metres temple complex today are the famous Colossi of Memnon, two massive seating statues depicting the pharoah.

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