During the excavations on the right bank of the Nile in Luxor, archaeologists have discovered a giant head, belonging to a statue of one of the most enigmatic of the pharaohs — Amenhotep III. Since the torso sculptures have found in the past year, for a full set lacks only the traditional beard.
Fortunate enough to find the head in an international project to restore the grand temple complex (Amenhotep III Temple Conservation Project). It is assumed, it destroyed the severe flooding that with the passage of time greatly complicates the work of researchers.
Already, in a press release archaeologists call the find the best preserved image of Amenhotep III — who lived 3,400 years ago, the grandfather of Tutankhamun. According to Zahi Hawass (Zahi Hawass), the head of Egypt's Supreme Council of Antiquities (SCA), on his head is still recognizable fragments of painting — that's just not the barbs.
Found a head made of red granite reaches a height of 2.5 meters and is decorated with a crown of Upper Kingdom, the traditional regalia of the ancient rulers of Egypt. Almost a year ago, archaeologists in the same area found several individual fragments of statues of Amenhotep, including housing, which, apparently, and now found crowned head.
In the near future the statue will be entirely reconstructed. It depicts the ruler of a full-length, with his arms folded. Amenhotep III became famous primarily as a builder, leaving behind a lot of temples and statues. In addition to the Luxor temple complex is in Thebes, the residence on the banks of the Nile, the famous Colossi of Memnon and the temple complex Soleb in Nubia, where the pharaoh was revered as a god in his lifetime.
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