Monday, 5 March 2012

Raising Amenhotep III's colossus

A quartzite colossus of 18th Dynasty King Amenhotep III is to be raised on Luxor's west bank.

The colossus was unearthed in 2004 by an Egyptian-European archaeological mission led by Horig Sourouzian during routine excavation work. It was 100 meters behind the gigantic colossi of Memnon which represent the same king at the main entrance of its temple. The colossus was half buried under Nile alluvia in seven pieces.

In 2011 the restoration work was completed and Antiquities Minister Mohamed Ibrahim is to witness the raising of the colossi at its original location.

For more, Ahram Online

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