Archaeologists find statue of Tutankhamun's grandad

October 2, 2010
A handout picture from the Egyptian Supreme Council of Antiquities (ESCA) shows a 3,000-year-old statue of the pharaoh Amenhotep III, believed to be the grandfather of the young King Tutankhamu, unearthed by archaeologists.

Egyptian archaeologists have unearthed part a 3,000-year-old statue of the pharaoh Amenhotep III, believed to be the grandfather of the young King Tutankhamun, antiquities chief Zahi Hawass said on Saturday.

"The statue was found near the northern entrance of Amenhotep III's and depicts the king sitting down on a throne with Amun," the chief deity, Hawass said.

The red-granite top half of the statue was discovered at the site of the Amenhotep III's funerary temple in the southern city of Luxor, Hawass said.

The newly-discovered artifact which measures 130 cm (51 inches) in height and 95 cm (37 inches) in width is "fantastic... because of the details of the ," Hawass said.

Archaeologists believe the full statue is around three metres (nearly 10 feet) tall.

In recent years, a large quantity of red-granite statue pieces have been uncovered at Amenhotep III's funerary temple at Kom al-Hitan on Luxor's west bank.

Amenhotep III ruled Egypt between 1390 and 1352 BC.

He was almost certainly the grandfather of Tutankhamun, according to the results of DNA tests and computerised tomography (CT) scans on the famed boy king's mummy announced by scientists on February 17.

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1 / 5 (3) Oct 03, 2010
Just another dead tyrant.
5 / 5 (2) Oct 03, 2010
The sophistication of this sculpture is remarkable for 1350 BC. This sculpture physically illustrates the leading role of the eastern Mediterranean region in art and science that lasted for thousands of years. Much of "Western" civilization is actually descended from Egypt, Babylonia, Asia Minor, and the Levantine.
1.6 / 5 (7) Oct 04, 2010
Lars Wilson wrote in 2008:
"So Biblically speaking as well as archaeologically and historically (Syncellus) everything points to Amenhotep III and Akhenaten for the time of the Exodus c. 1386 BCE. That is, the KTU 1.78 astrotext that David Rohl uses to try to date Akhenaten's 12th year to 1012 BCE, when applied to the official date of 1375 BCE, dates the 1st of Akhenaten to 1386 BCE, just 8 years earlier than the conventional early dating of 1378 BCE, no biggee!! Further, as noted above, that still falls within Kenyon's dating of 1390-1365 BCE based on the fall of Jericho (1350-1325 BCE). So now, finally, we don't have to worry about who the pharoah of the Exodus was or who died in the Red Sea or why Akhenaten flipped out and became a
monotheist. What choice did he have after the Ten Plagues and seeing this god destroy the Egyptian chariot army? Of course, later generations completely wiped out all of Akhenaten's records and tried to eliminate his existence as well.
Q.E.D. re Bible

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