February 24, 2009

Maintenance Workers Find Ancient Statue

The culture ministry said on Tuesday, that maintenance workers at Egypt's Giza Pyramids have found an ancient quartzite statue of a seated man buried close to the surface of the desert.

The ministry said in a statement, that the statue was found north of the smallest of Giza's three main pyramids, which is the tomb of the fourth dynasty Pharaoh Mycerinus who ruled in the 26th century BC.

The statue is of a man wearing a shoulder-length wig, sitting in a chair.  His right hand is clenched on his knee and holding an object, while his left hand is resting on his thigh.

The statue has a number of cracks in the shoulder, its chest and base, and some facial features have been worn away, according to the culture ministry. 

There are no inscriptions on the statue, which makes it hard to identify, though the style suggests that it might date to the early years of the Old Kingdom of ancient Egypt, around Mycerinus's time.

The Giza complex is one of the country's most popular tourist sites, attracting millions of visitors every year to see the famous pyramids and the Sphinx.

Image Courtesy Egyptian Supreme Council Of Antiquities


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