Egyptian Archaeologists Unveil Discoveries In Luxor
Egypt unveiled a massive granite statue of Ramses II on Tuesday (April 18) after finishing its restoration.
Standing at 11 meters tall and weighing about 75 tons, the statue was unveiled at Luxor Temple hours after the unveiling of the discovery of Userhat's tomb.
“[The] Tomb of Userhat, most probably of the 18th dynasty, and we were surprised by the number of objects found inside,” the Egyptian Antiquities Minister Khaled al-Anani said. “A lot of pottery . . . a lot of coffins, mummies . . . and the work is ongoing, so I think that during the next days and weeks, we'll find more objects."
Egyptian archaeologists unearthed the tomb of the nobleman from more than 3,000 years ago, the latest in a series of major discoveries of ancient relics that Egypt hopes will revive a tourist business that has been hit by political instability.
The tomb consists of an open court leading into a rectangular hall, a corridor and inner chamber, the Ministry of Antiquities said on Tuesday.
When discovered between 1958 and 1960, the destroyed statue of Ramses II was in 57 pieces, but it wasn't until November 2016 that the restoration process began.