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Two giant pharaoh statues unveiled in Egypt

Posted on Wednesday, 26 March, 2014 | Comment icon 21 comments

The Colossi of Memnon. Image Credit: CC BY-SA 3.0 JMCC1

Two statues of Amenhotep III have been restored to their original spots in the ancient city of Luxor.

Amenhotep was a prominent ruler in ancient Egypt who controlled a vast empire covering the regions between modern day Iraq and Sudan. Having become the empire's ruler at the age of just 12, the celebrated pharaoh was memorialized with several impressive colossi.

Now a team of archaeologists has meticulously restored two more of the statues so that they can be put on public display. At 11m in height, one of the colossi weighs up to 250 tons but is missing a double crown piece that would have seen it weigh as much as 450 tons.

The two restored statues have now joined the two pre-existing 3,400-year-old Colossi of Memnon statues at the funerary temple of the King where they would have been originally located during ancient times.

Source: Russia Today | Comments (21)

Tags: Amenhotep, Egypt, Luxor

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Comment icon #12 Posted by Ashotep on 27 March, 2014, 0:49
Would like to know whats under that Sphinx.
Comment icon #13 Posted by SkeptcByMindBelievrByHeart on 27 March, 2014, 6:52
Zahi Hawass did say a few year ago, that 60%-70% of ancient egypt is still under the sands.. Theres more chance that the undiscovered be blown up than the ones that are already discovered
Comment icon #14 Posted by Aus Der Box Skeptisch on 27 March, 2014, 7:02
Oh please please please tell me this is sarcasm. Please...............
Comment icon #15 Posted by Aus Der Box Skeptisch on 27 March, 2014, 7:08
Your prayers have been answered. Limestone... cracks .... and eventually a little water. There is a room inside the rear end of the Sphinx. I believe they found a tiny bit of trash. There may have been a storage of something in there at one time but it is long since empty. But underneath... drilling and ground penetrating radar shows no cavity of any size and no connecting tunnels. Essentially nothing is under the Sphinx.
Comment icon #16 Posted by Aus Der Box Skeptisch on 27 March, 2014, 7:13
How many examples of certain religious extremists blowing monuments up? Ill miss the giant Buddhas .... that was in 2001. Pretty recent .... largest Buddhas ever. 165 ft tall. Or the equivalent of a 16 story highrise give or take a floor. :*( Edit less generalized. Did not want to blanket an entire culture.
Comment icon #17 Posted by SkeptcByMindBelievrByHeart on 27 March, 2014, 7:58
dont get me going about religious extremists blowing things up..... the country that my ancestors are from is right next door the where majority of talibans operate
Comment icon #18 Posted by mxcx on 27 March, 2014, 18:11
Thats alright. Sarcasm is the usual reaction. Its really not my concern whether or not anyone takes that issue seriously, nor do I really care if they research it themselves. Way to jump in there with some context. I really have no idea what your thoughts are on the matter, so at this point, you put me on the defense with that statement. There is no place for close minded people in an open minded discussion. How were they built again? Ropes and pulleys with copper hammers, right? Also, never was a body found in any pyramid.
Comment icon #19 Posted by taniwha on 28 March, 2014, 21:17
Why contradict yourself? It was either manpower or robots.
Comment icon #20 Posted by mxcx on 28 March, 2014, 22:38
There was no contradiction at all. I was just showing that the technology was there, like everyone knows, and the historical guides that were left by the builders, showing giants. There is proof of high technology and giants, thats all I was saying. What I meant by the engineering is there, is that any engineer will tell you that the great pyramid was meant to operate a chemical process, I wasnt talking about electro-magnetic technology, or anything that might have moved the stones besides actual flesh. I should have been more specific, sorry.
Comment icon #21 Posted by taniwha on 28 March, 2014, 22:44
Ok. I have never been to Egypt but from the outside the evidence is of a mathematical, geometric and engineering nature. This is a proof of intelligent life. Humans to be exact.

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