Monday, May 10, 2010

2000 Year Old Ptolemaic-Era Statue Found near Alexandria, Egypt

I find few periods in history as fascinating as I do Ancient Egypt. The sands of Egypt have been hiding secrets for centuries and slowly but surely archaeologists are finding the bits and pieces of the lives of the ancient Egyptians.

One of the most recent discoveries is of a statue from an unknown Ptolemaic-era king.

Excavations were being done at the Borg al-Aram site, west of Alexandria, Egypt when the headless statue was found at the royal temple of Taposiris Magna. Archaeologists were searching for Cleopatra's tomb when they uncovered this statue which dates back more than two thousand years.

The statue is 53 inches (135 centimeters) tall and 22 inches (55 centimeters) wide at the shoulders.

Egyptian archaeologist, Egyptologist and Secretary General of the Egyptian Supreme Council of Antiquities Zahi Hawass said "the well-preserved statue may be among the most beautiful carvings in the ancient Egyptian style" and that there was a possibility the statue could belong to Ptolemy IV.

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