December 8, 2011 16:13
An international team of archaeologists, leading excavations at the temple complex in Luxor, Egypt, has announced the discovery of a colossal statue head of the pharaoh Amenhotep III, reports AFP.
Head of granite has a height of 2.5 meters. Statue, from which it fell off, the same archaeological expedition discovered a few years earlier. Pharaoh sculpted standing in the crown of Upper Egypt, with folded hands, in which he holds a sign of sovereignty.
From the head of a large piece broke off — the ceremonial beard the pharaoh. Scientists hope to soon and dig it.
Temple of Luxor, where the statue was found, was built by Amenhotep as his own burial site.
Amenhotep III ruled Egypt in the 1390-1352 years BC. Recent studies have confirmed that the pharaoh Tutankhamun comes to his grandson.