Tuesday, January 24, 2006

Egyptologists unearth statue of King Tut's grandmother

Egyptologists unearth statue of King Tut's grandmother. CNN has this history in the news article up today.

The statue of Queen Ti is missing its legs but is otherwise well preserved. It was buried under about half a meter of rocks and sand. This is often the case with archeological finds. Sometimes luck (just as much as good site selection and careful digging) is necessary for good finds. Who knows what else is out there (in Egypt or elsewhere in the world) just under our feet?

Please note that the picture above is not Queen Ti. I just picked it from a public domain source to help with the Ancient Egyptian theme of this post.

From the site:

Egyptologists have discovered a statue of Queen Ti, wife of one of Egypt's greatest pharaohs and grandmother to the boy-king Tutankhamun, at an ancient temple in Luxor, an Egyptian antiquities official said on Tuesday.

The official said the roughly 3,400 year-old statue was uniquely well preserved. Ti's husband, Amenhotep III, presided over an era which saw a renaissance in Egyptian art.

"It was a time of flourishing of art in ancient Egypt ... Behind a good man is a strong woman. And she was a very strong lady," said Sabry Abdel Aziz, head of the Pharaonic department at Egypt's Supreme Council for Antiquities.

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