|Temple of Ptah at Karnak|
Sunday, December 7, 2014
New Discovery, Luxor: Sphinx unearthed at Karnak temple
CAIRO: A limestone statuette of a Sphinx has been unearthed during a routine excavation north of Luxor’s Karnak temple complex, according to Abdel-Hakim Karar, director of the Upper Egypt Antiquities Department, Friday.
It was discovered by archaeologists from the French-Egyptian Centre for the Study of the Karnak Temples, currently excavating at the northern area of the precinct of Amun-Re temple, according to Karar.
“The statuette is in a good state of preservation and represents a lion’s body and the royal facial features of a Pharaoh, strongly believed to be of the New Kingdom Period (1580 B.C.-1080 B.C.),” said Karar adding that archaeologists are currently cleaning and examining the statuette for further historical details.
Located with the large precinct of Amun-Ra at Karnak, the small temple of Ptah, approached from the west through five successive gateways, lies to the north of the main Amun-Ra temple, just within the boundary wall, archaeologist Sherif el-Sabban told The Cairo Post Friday.
“The temple of God Ptah was built by Thutmose III, on the site of an earlier Middle Kingdom (2,000 B.C.-1,700 B.C.) temple and was later enlarged during the Greek Period (332 B.C.-30 B.C.),” said Sabban.
Archaeologists from the French-Egyptian Center for the Study of the Karnak Temples have been studying the temple of Ptah Since October 2008, according to Sabban. In March 2012, they discovered a limestone gate engraved with the name of a Pharaoh called Sennakhtenre from the 17th Dynasty that launched the military campaign which rid Egypt of the tribe of invaders known as the Hyksos.
Source: Cairo Post – By/Rany Mostafa