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September 25, 2008

In Egypt, a 3,000-year-old find

Egypt's antiquities council says that archaeologists have unearthed a 3,000-year-old red granite head believed to portray the 19th Dynasty Pharaoh Ramses II.

The Supreme Council of Antiquities says the discovery was made recently at Tell Basta, about 50 miles (80 kilometers) northeast of Cairo.

The council's statement Thursday says the 30-inch-high head belonged to a colossal statue of Ramses II that once stood in the area. Its nose is broken and the beard that was once attached to the king's chin is missing.

The site at Tell Basta was dedicated to the cat-goddess Bastet and was an important center from the Old Kingdom until the end of the Roman Period. Archaeologists are still digging at the location for the rest of the statue. source


Anonymous said...

I will one day visit Egypt

Beauty Is Diverse said...

Me too , hopefully next year for me..

Anonymous said...

oh my gosh amazing. egypt is a must visit! i went solo almost 2 years ago and it was beyond words. i'm going back in 3 years for a milestone birthday with my best friend. can't wait!


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