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New giant stone statues of ram heads found on 'Avenue of Sphinxes' in Egypt

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Three giant statues of ram heads — at least one of which had a cobra on top — have been discovered south of Karnak Temple in Luxor, Egyptologists announced. 

Karnak Temple was built between roughly 4,000 and 2,000 years ago, and much of it is dedicated to Amun-Ra, a god associated with the sun and Thebes, the capital of ancient Egypt (now the modern-day city of Luxor). The temple complex covers over 250 acres (100 hectares). 

On Oct. 11, the Egyptian Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities announced that three giant ram heads had been found by an Egyptian archaeological team south of a gateway built by the Ptolemies, a dynasty of pharaohs descended from one of Alexander the Great's generals that ruled Egypt between 305 B.C and 30 B.C. 



One of the heads he said, belongs to King Amenhotep III, "as the ram head contains the horn, the eye and the hole in which the cobra is placed.” Amenhotep III’s crown had holes for the snake. 

“The ram heads are expected to be placed on the bodies of the statues along the road,” he noted. 


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