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A part of Memnon colossi uncovered in Luxor
Quartzite blocks belong to the colossi of Memnon was discovered Sunday at King Amenhotep III's funerary temple on Luxor's west bank
Nevine El-Aref , Sunday 16 Feb 2014
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The Colossi of Memnon and Amenhotep III Temple Conservation Project (Photo: MSA)

The European-Egyptian archaeological mission headed by famed Egyptologist Horig Sourouzian has unearthed a collection of quartzite blocks that had been missing since antiquity from Memnon colossi, at the entrance of King Amenhotep III's temple at Kom El-Hitan on Luxor's west bank.

Egypt's antiquities minister Mohamed Ibrahim told Ahram Online on Sunday that the blocks belong to the northern colossus and depict a part of the statue's arm, painted belt and skirt.

These blocks, Ibrahim went on, were missing since antiquity following an earthquake that led to the destruction of the temple, with the exception of these two colossi which once decorated the temple's entrance gate.

Aly El-Asfar, head of the ministry's ancient Egyptian antiquities section, said that in addition to the 88cm tall and 76cm large blocks, the mission had also uncovered others that were once part of the colossus' royal crown and foundation stone.

"It is a very important discovery," said El-Asfar, adding that the discovery of these blocks will lead archaeologists to reconstruct both colossi and return them to their original glory.

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A piece of belt and right arm (Photo: MSA)





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Denn
26-02-2014 12:30pm
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My wife and I are coming back to luxor after 2 years it will be our 18 visit to luxor we love the history of Egypt We have looked at the colossi of memnon site lots of times wood it be possible for us to walk on the site to look round We are staying at the isis hotel for 2 weeks from the 5 march to 19 march Hope you can help us Very best regards Carol and Denn
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