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Enormous statue of powerful pharoah unearthed
www.chron.com ^ | 04-26-2011 | Staff

Posted on 04/26/2011 5:31:00 AM PDT by Red Badger

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 Tuesday.

The 13 meter (42 foot) 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 next digging season.

Excavation supervior Abdel-Ghaffar Wagdi said two other statues were also unearthed, one of the god Thoth with a baboon's head and and a six foot (1.85 centiment) tall one of the lion-headed goddess Sekhmet.

Archaeologists working on the temple over the past few years have issued a flood of announcements about new discoveries of statues. The 3,400-year-old temple is one of the largest on the west bank of the Nile in Luxor, where the powerful pharoahs of Egypt's New Kingdom built their tombs.

Amenhotep III, who was the grandfather of the famed boy-pharaoh Tutankhamun, ruled in the 14th century B.C. at the height of Egypt's New Kingdom and presided over a vast empire stretching from Nubia in the south to Syria in the north.

The pharaoh's temple was largely destroyed, possibly by floods, and little remains of its walls. It was also devastated by an earthquake in 27 B.C. But archaeologists have been able to unearth a wealth of artifacts and statuary in the buried ruins, including two statues of Amenhotep made of black granite found at the site in March 2009.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society
KEYWORDS: 18thdynasty; amarna; amenhotep; egypt; egyptianpharoah; ggg; giantpharoahstatue; godsgravesglyphs; pharoahstatue; thebandynasty

1 posted on 04/26/2011 5:31:04 AM PDT by Red Badger
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To: SunkenCiv

GGG Ping!.............


2 posted on 04/26/2011 5:31:28 AM PDT by Red Badger (Mitt Romney: The Harold Stassen of the 21st century........)
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To: Red Badger

Better bury it again quick before the Egyptian Taliban (opps, democratic freedom fighters) decide to blow it up because it is un-Islamic.


3 posted on 04/26/2011 5:36:03 AM PDT by Ronin ("A society of sheep must in time beget a government of wolves" -- Bertrand de Jouve)
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To: Red Badger

During routine excavation work at the site of the King Amenhotep III funerary temple on Luxor’s west bank, an Egyptian excavation mission led by Zahi Hawass, minister for antiquities, unearthed a statue of the king. Thirteen metres in height, the King Amenhotep III statue consists of seven huge quartzite blocks. The statue is without its head.


4 posted on 04/26/2011 5:38:41 AM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Visualize ;-{))
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To: All

5 posted on 04/26/2011 5:38:54 AM PDT by Liz (A taxpayer voting for Obama is like a chicken voting for Col Sanders.)
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To: Red Badger
Did it look like this?? LOL
6 posted on 04/26/2011 5:39:46 AM PDT by jakerobins
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To: Liz

I met a traveller from an antique land
Who said: “Two vast and trunkless legs of stone
Stand in the desert. Near them on the sand,
Half sunk, a shattered visage lies, whose frown
And wrinkled lip and sneer of cold command
Tell that its sculptor well those passions read
Which yet survive, stamped on these lifeless things,
The hand that mocked them and the heart that fed.
And on the pedestal these words appear:
`My name is Ozymandias, King of Kings:
Look on my works, ye mighty, and despair!’
Nothing beside remains. Round the decay
Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare,
The lone and level sands stretch far away”.

— Shelley


7 posted on 04/26/2011 5:43:30 AM PDT by ClearCase_guy
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To: Red Badger
``...one of the god Thoth with a baboon's head,,,``

Hey! I know this guy!

8 posted on 04/26/2011 5:49:01 AM PDT by bunkerhill7
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To: Ronin

Not to worry...they already chopped his head off!!


9 posted on 04/26/2011 5:51:01 AM PDT by FES0844
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To: Red Badger

A statue of one of the honorary members of the “Phay-rows”?


10 posted on 04/26/2011 6:02:00 AM PDT by matginzac
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To: Ronin
Better bury it again quick before the Egyptian Taliban (opps, democratic freedom fighters) decide to blow it up because it is un-Islamic.

Inshallah!
Tear down the pyramids, blow up the sphinx!
They are an affront to Islam!
The fact that these offerings to the heathen gods still exist proves the apostasy, corruption and westernization of the former Egyptian rulers.
The works of the infidel mock Allah and his prophet, true believers would not allow them to remain standing.

11 posted on 04/26/2011 6:06:20 AM PDT by MrBambaLaMamba (Dead barbarians harm no one.)
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To: Liz

Obama Pharoh Ping!


12 posted on 04/26/2011 6:20:56 AM PDT by Poundstone (A recent Federal retiree and proud of it!)
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To: Red Badger

Amenhotep III was called the “Napoleon of Egypt” because of his success as a military commander. He is also remembered for destroying all reference to his predecessor, Hatshupset, the queen regent who usurped his throne when his father died, and ruled in her own name as Pharoah.


14 posted on 04/26/2011 6:40:29 AM PDT by PzLdr ("The Emperor is not as forgiving as I am" - Darth Vader)
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To: MrBambaLaMamba

“The Sphinx stinks!”


15 posted on 04/26/2011 6:49:04 AM PDT by massgopguy (I owe everything to George Bailey)
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To: PzLdr

I guess he was UPSET with HatshUPSET.............


16 posted on 04/26/2011 6:52:52 AM PDT by Red Badger (Mitt Romney: The Harold Stassen of the 21st century........)
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To: PzLdr

Well, he must not have been completely successful, since you’ve heard of her!


17 posted on 04/26/2011 6:53:04 AM PDT by EternalVigilance (You say your'e conservative, but you support liberals. Should I believe your words or your actions?)
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To: PzLdr
He is also remembered for destroying all reference to his predecessor, Hatshupset, the queen regent who usurped his throne when his father died, and ruled in her own name as Pharoah.

Well, not ALL references.

Or you wouldn't have been able to write that.

18 posted on 04/26/2011 7:14:44 AM PDT by Lazamataz (The Democrat Party is Communist. The Republican Party is Socialist. The Tea Party is Capitalist.)
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To: ClearCase_guy

Beautiful.


19 posted on 04/26/2011 7:24:26 AM PDT by Liz (A taxpayer voting for Obama is like a chicken voting for Col Sanders.)
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To: EternalVigilance; Lazmataz

He was successful for a lot longer than you’d think. He even removed her statues and name from her burial complex. Reference to her was eventually found on broken statuary/pillar material, etc used as fill on ther buildings.

Dr. Hawi Zawiss [?] recently found her mummy in a cave with several others in the Valley of the Queens [Kings?].


20 posted on 04/26/2011 7:58:34 AM PDT by PzLdr ("The Emperor is not as forgiving as I am" - Darth Vader)
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To: Red Badger

Did it look like a cat? Somebody here told me that the Egyptians worshipped cats. It wasn’t one of those damn Norwegian Forest Cats was it? Did it swim across the ocean? That cat last week swam from New Jersey. Was it from New Jersey? Was there a bag of cranberries with it?


21 posted on 04/26/2011 8:45:07 AM PDT by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: Red Badger

Didn’t any of them Egyptians have jobs?

They were ALL sculptors?

Jeesh already!!

;-)


22 posted on 04/26/2011 8:47:23 AM PDT by djf (Dems and liberals: Let's redefine "marriage". We already redefined "natural born citizen".)
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To: djf

They were ALL Jewish sculptors..................


23 posted on 04/26/2011 10:34:11 AM PDT by Red Badger (Mitt Romney: The Harold Stassen of the 21st century........)
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To: jakerobins
"Did it look like this??"

You know what's creepy...I'll bet this is the way HE sees HIMSELF. Wouldn't surprise me a bit.

24 posted on 04/26/2011 1:38:14 PM PDT by redhead
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25 posted on 04/26/2011 8:19:45 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (Thanks Cincinna for this link -- http://www.friendsofitamar.org)
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To: PzLdr
That would be Thutmose the third. Amenhotep the third was later.
26 posted on 04/26/2011 8:40:35 PM PDT by ladyvet ( I would rather have Incitatus then the asses that are in congress today.)
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To: ladyvet

You’re right. I stand corrected. Thanks for the heads up.


27 posted on 04/26/2011 8:51:03 PM PDT by PzLdr ("The Emperor is not as forgiving as I am" - Darth Vader)
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To: PzLdr
Both were fascinating kings. :)
28 posted on 04/26/2011 9:26:29 PM PDT by ladyvet ( I would rather have Incitatus then the asses that are in congress today.)
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To: Lazamataz
he also didn't find the graffiti in her temple, where the workmen drew her and her boyfriend in a compromising position...

It didn't start with Clinton (or Kennedy)...

29 posted on 04/27/2011 1:57:46 AM PDT by LadyDoc (liberals only love politically correct poor people)
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