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Egypt: Archaeologists Unearthed Missing Pieces of Colossal Statue
Global Arab Network - - Amina Murtada
Archaeological discoveries: Egypt’s Culture Minister Farouk Hosni is expected in Luxor City on March 2011 to open Ram Road and new Culture Palace in the neighbourhood of Awameya with a number of world leaders attending.

Minister Hosni visited Luxor accompanied by Zahi Hawwass, the Supreme Council of Antiquates chief and Luxor governor Samir Farag to inspect the project.

The minister announced the removal of the Anglican and Orthodox churches which lie on the road in order to resume works of the project’s 2nd phase.

He said work is on foot in spite of problems and obstacles hindering the progress of the project.

On the other hand, one hundred and thirty years after the discovery of the colossal of King Amenhotep III and his wife Queen Ti, six missing statue pieces have been found on Luxor's West Bank, said Minister of Culture Farouq Hosni.

This came during an inspection tour of the Ram Road by Hosni, Secretary General of the Supreme Council of Antiquities (SCA) Zahi Hawwas and Luxor Governor Samir Farag on Sunday 9/1/2011.

The development project of the road is expected to be complete in a year.

SCA said in a statement Sunday the fragments of the statue of Amenhotep III and Queen Ti were discovered on the West Bank of the Nile in the southern city of Luxor.

The recovered fragments were from the right side of Amenhotep III's chest, crown and leg, and a section of the queen's leg, left arm and foot. The original pieces will be fitted to the statue, which is on display in the main hall of Cairo's Egyptian Museum. The measurements of the six missing fragments range from 47cm to 103cm. (Archaeological Discoveries)

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