King Tuts statue found in northern Iraq

February 13th, 2009 - 2:21 pm ICT by ANI  

Baghdad, Feb 13 (ANI): A Kurdish archaeological expedition has found a small statue of the ancient Egyptian pharaoh Tutankhamen in northern Iraq.

Hassan Ahmed, the director of the local antiquities authority, told the Kurdish news agency Akanews that archaeologists had found a 12-centimeter statue of the ancient Egyptian king in the valley of Dahuk, 470 kilometers north of Baghdad, near a site that locals have long called Pharaohs Castle.

He said that archaeologists from the Dahuk Antiquities Authority believe the statue dates from the mid-14th Century BC.

According to Ahmed, the statue of Tutankhamen showed the face of the ancient civilization of Kurdistan and cast light on the ancient relations between pharaonic Egypt and the state of Mitanni.

The kingdom of Mittani occupied roughly the same territory spanning Syria, Iraq, Turkey, and Iran in the 14th Century BC that many Kurds now hope will one day form an independent Kurdistan.

Historical information indicates familial and political ties between Mittani and Egypt, Ahmed said.

The discovery of this statue shows us that the name of Pharaohs Castle, was not invented out of vacuum, but rather arose out of historical fact, Ahmed told Akanews.

This calls for strengthening archaeological research ties between the territory of Kurdistan and the Arab Republic of Egypt, he added. (ANI)

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