Ancient Egypt: 3400 Year-Old Sphinx Uncovered

By Tuesday February 26th, 2019Blog, News
Discovery site ancient Egypt Dr. Maria Nilsson and John Ward from Lund University led a Swedish-Egyptian mission that uncovered a New Kingdom sandstone workshop and several sculptures. The site is located at Gebel el-Silsila, an archaeological site in Aswan, in the south of the country. An overview of the site before the excavation Among the major artifacts discovered, there is a large criosphinx which is a ram-headed sphinx measuring approximately 5 m long, 3.5 m high, and 1.5 m wide, and was carved in a style comparable with the criosphinxes to the south of Khonsu Temple at Karnak. The archaeological context suggests a date from Amenhotep III‘s reign. Amenhotep III is seen as one of the greatest (possibly the greatest) King of Kemet. He ruled during the 18th Dynasty which gave us some of the greatest rulers of Kemet like Tuthmosis III, Akhenaten, Hatshepsut, Tutankhamen, Queen Ahmose-Nefertari or Pharaoh Ahmose I. The criosphinx Abdel Moneim Saeed, Director General of Aswan and Nubia Antiquities said that hundreds of hieroglyphic fragments that belong to a destroyed Naos of Amenhotep III (Naos E), together with new sculpture fragments of the associated falcon were unearthed. In addition, parts of an obelisk, including its pyramidion, were retrieved.   The stela discovered in the ancient workshop Maria Nilsson said that during the excavations, the team discovered a smaller practice piece of another ram-headed sphinx, perhaps

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