New Archaeological Discoveries in the Mortuary Temple of King Amenhotep III in Luxors West Bank
June 2nd, 2011 - The Egyptian-European expedition discovered a huge statue of King Amenhotep III (1390-1352 BC), who was the father of the first monotheist king, Akhenaton, and grandfather of the Golden King Tutankhamun. These discoveries have been made in the middle of archaeological excavations in the mortuary temple of King Amenhotep III in Kom al Haytan in Luxors West Bank. The statue is carved with alabaster and shows the king sitting, wearing a royal headdress, the nams, and with the beard properly decorated.
It is believed that this statue is one of two statues that were located at the entrance of the third edifice of the Amenhoteps temple, which is located 200 meters away from the Colossi of Memnon. These two statues were thought to have been crushed during the massive earthquake that hit the country in the Roman era, and which ruined all the temples and structures with the exception of the Colossus of Memnon.
The expedition also found the head of an idol 28.5 cm in length; this head depicts an idol wearing a wig which is part of the beard which has been found and that is in good condition. A text of 25 lines written in hieroglyphic letters that lists the name and the number of temples built by Amenhotep III has also been discovered. The plate is 7.40 m x 9 m.
An expedition in Luxor has unearthed new artifacts at Amenhotep III's temple.