Statue of Tutankhamun’s grandfather found

October 4th, 2010 - 6:06 am ICT by IANS  

Cairo, Oct 4 (IANS/RIA Novosti) Egyptian archaeologists have found a 3,000-year-old statue of Amenhotep III, believed to be the grandfather of famous boy pharaoh Tutankhamun.

“The find is fantastic… because of the details of the facial features,” Egypt’s Supreme Council of Antiquities Secretary General Zahi Hawass said.

Scientists had been excavating Amenhotep III funerary temple at Kom al-Hitan when they unearthed the upper half of the red-granite statue of the famous pharaoh’s grandfather.

The statue depicts Amenhotep III sitting down on a throne, accompanied by god Amun.

Egyptologists believe the full statue is some three meters tall.

Many fragments of red-granite statues have been unearthed at Amenhotep III’s funerary temple within the last years.

Amenhotep III ruled Egypt between 1390 and 1352 B.C. He was almost certainly the grandfather of Tutankhamun, according to the results of DNA tests of Tutankhamun’s mummy.

–IANS/RIA Novosti

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