For The First Time In 3,200 Years, This Colossal Statue Stands Again

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Archaeologists working in the Egyptian city of Luxor have completed their restoration of a statue of ancient Pharaoh Amenhotep III. Along with its twin effigy, they're considered the highest statues of a pharaoh in a walking position.

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Image: AFP Photo/Radwan Abu-Elmagd. The newly restored statue is the one on the left.

The statue, which came crumbling down during an earthquake in 1,200 BC, was reassembled at the northern gate of the pharaoh's funerary temple on the west bank of the Nile. The effigy is located directly beside an existing statue of the pharaoh which was unveiled last March. The restored statue measures 43 feet (12.9 meters) high and weighs 110 tonnes.

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"These are up to now the highest standing effigies of an Egyptian king in striding attitude," noted German-Armenian archaeologist Hourig Sourouzian in an AFP article.

Last November, archaeologists began the restoration, which required the meticulous assembly of 89 large pieces and numerous small fragments.

The completed effigy shows the king wearing the white crown of Upper Egypt, and like the twin statute, it's holding a papyrus roll in each hand inscribed with the pharaoh's name. It also features a belt with a falcon-head handle, which is fastened with a clasp bearing the names of the king.

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This particular temple, which dates back to the time of the 18th Dynasty, is also famous for its existing 68 feet (21 meter) tall twin Memnon colossi with the king in a seated position.

Read the entire AFP report at Yahoo! News.

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So I wonder if archeologists are considering projects to find and recover artifacts buried within Lake Nassar, which was created when the Aswan High Dam was built in the early 60s.

It would be very difficult and expensive, no doubt.

It's true that many visible and well known monuments and sites were moved in the 60s to prevent them from being flooded but I'm sure there's lots that was missed. There could be some crucial answers to questions of ancient history still buried under all that water.