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Five heads of ancient royal statues discovered in Armant Temple, near Egypt's Luxor

New discoveries emerge from the sands near Luxor — ancient statue heads that could date to the Middle Kingdom

Nevine El-Aref , Sunday 17 Nov 2013
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The French Egyptian Mission working in Armant Temple, located 25 kilometres south of the Upper Egypt town of Luxor, has unearthed five heads of royal statues during routine excavation and restoration works at the temple.

Mohamed Ibrahim, minister of state for antiquities, said that the heads are carved in limestone and each one has the crown of Upper and Lower Egypt on top. Each head is 50 centimetres high and it could date back to the Middle Kingdom.

Mohamed Abdel Maqsoud, head of the Ancient Egyptian section at the Ministry of State for Antiquities (MSA), told Ahram Online that the heads are now being studied in order to know their identities. “It could be part of the royal headless statues previously discovered at the site in the last few years,” Abdel Maqsoud said.

He added that the heads are now undergoing restoration.

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