Wednesday, November 20, 2013

NEW DISCOVERY: New findings at Tuthmosis III Mortuary temple, Akhnaton was found too!

According to Dr. Mohamed Ibrahim, Minister of Antiquities, the Egyptian-Spanish mission working in the site of Tuthmosis III mortuary temple on the West Bank of Luxor, found the lower parts of two black granite statues.

One of the discovered parts of the statues found bears an inscription of King Tuthmosis III name. The parts were found inside a mud brick structure in the northern part of the temple.

The mission also found parts of limestone doors of one of the temple buildings with texts and cavernous/sunken inscriptions of two cartouches of Tuthmosis III.

Dr. Mohamed Abd El Maqsoud, Head of the Ancient Egypt department, pointed out that the scenes and inscriptions carved very neatly and with maximum accuracy which is common for art in the middle of the 18th Dynasty. He also said that one of these doors has an inscription of the High Priest “Khonsu”, beside the discovery of a group of royal seals of Akhnaton and Ramses II.

Dr. Abd El Maqsoud referred that finding the name or Ramses II and Priest Khonsu confirms that a part of the temple was used till the time of Ramses II and Akhnaton seals shows that it was used for religious rituals in the beginning of King Akhnaton’s reign.

The site is under the management of the Academy of Fine arts of Seville, Spain. More about the mission Click here

Tuthmosis III(died 1426 ) Egyptian king of the 18th dynasty (r. 14791426 ), often regarded as the greatest pharaoh of ancient Egypt. He ascended the throne around the age of 10, but his aunt, Hatshepsut, ruled first as his regent and then in her own right for the next 20 years. On her death he began military campaigns to reestablish Egyptian supremacy in Syria and Palestine. Later he attacked and defeated the kingdom of Mitanni, a powerful Mesopotamian rival of Egypt. He subdued the Nubian tribes to the south and employed them in the gold mines that became the basis of Egypt's wealth. He consolidated his victories with more campaigns and established a system whereby native rulers would pay yearly tribute to Egypt and send their heirs as hostages to Egypt, where they would be educated at court. At home he enlarged the temple of Amon at Karnak. His mummy was discovered in 1889 and his mortuary temple in 1962.


Mummfication Museum lecture -Tuthmosis III funerary temple by Jane Ashkar 

New discoveries in Luxor in 2012 & 2013:

Source: Luxor times 

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