A Giant Unearthed In Egypt
Where is this new statue?
Sailing down the Nile you see beautiful silent stone sentinels (guardians) of history and you can only marvel at their craftsmen. As you approach Luxor from Upper Egypt (near the Aswan dam) an awesome sight comes into view. On the right is the East Bank – with its famous Luxor and Karnak temples. On the left is the West Bank, with its tombs and funerary temples, set slightly back from the banks of the Nile.
And on the West Bank is where the most recent find has been made: a colossal statue of Amenhotep III – the grandfather of the more famous King Tut (the boy king, Tutankhamen). It is thought that Amenhotep III in his final years was suffering from an illness, which is why there are so many large statues of him and carvings shown with deities (gods) that have been discovered in Luxor over the years. This latest statue to be unearthed is nothing if not awesome.
It's big and is a re-discovery
This statue of Amenhotep III was first unearthed in the 1970s by two Egyptologists (people who study ancient Egyptian history and unearth artifacts), documented and left buried in the sand (no one quite knows why). During the next digging season the archeologists plan to look for the head and the twin statue.
The find is not the end!
Digging is only one part of the study of ancient Egypt. In fact, it is almost the easiest part. After the digging season is over, the hard and important work of documentation takes over. The archeologists painstakingly note all the important features of the excavated artifacts, where they were found (using GPS – global positioning systems) and other related pieces of information that will help build the story.
More importantly, they need to be able to tell who the statue is, when it might have been erected and discern the importance of it. Fascinating work and one that keeps us very entertained and informed!
And here is a short video about architecture found on the banks of the Nile at Luxor.