Remains of two huge ancient royal statues have been unearthed in Luxor, the Egyptian Ministry of Tourism and Archeology said on Thursday.
The new finds were discovered by an Egyptian-German archeological mission in III. During the restoration of the death temple of Pharaoh Amenhotep on the west bank of the Nile, the MTI writes.
Newer limestone sculptures in the form of a sphinx – with a mongoose head, a royal beard and a wide collar – are depicted in III. Pharaoh Amenhotep, whose name was engraved on the stones. The sphinxes were estimated to be 8 meters long. They also found three black granodiorite (a rock forming a transition between granite and diorite) statues of the lion-headed goddess of healing, Sahmet.
Scenes depicting ceremonies and rituals were found on the newly excavated church walls and column pedestals. The pieces of sculpture will be put together with those previously found and will be exhibited in the mortuary upon completion of the restoration.
Called the Temple of Millions, the temple of death was the largest on the west bank of the Nile, but was ruined in ancient times by a powerful earthquake. Specialists from the German Archaeological Institute in Cairo and Egyptian archaeologists have been working to restore the church since 1998.