Missing pieces of colossal statue unearthed in Egypt

08:19, January 10, 2011      

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Egypt's antiquities authorities said Sunday archaeologists have unearthed six missing pieces of a double statue of an ancient pharaoh and his queen after more than 100 years of its discovery.

The unearthed pieces included the chest, crown, right leg and fragments of right toes of King Amenhotep III (1410-1372 BC) and the left hand and toes, left leg of Queen Tiye and the base of the double statue, Egypt's Supreme Council of Antiquities said in a statement.

They were discovered in the west bank of the Nile River in the southern city of Luxor, the statement said.

The statue was discovered in 1889 by a French archaeologist. An Italian team restored the statue by filling in the missing pieces with stonework materials.

A group of archaeologists will add these original pieces to the double statue which is now displayed in the Egyptian Museum in Cairo.

Source: Xinhua
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