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Thursday 25 May 2017

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Archeologists unearth 66 statues for "Sekhmet" in the temple of Amenhotep III in Luxor

Wednesday 08/March/2017 - 01:12 PM
Sada El Balad
Ahmed Moamar
German archaeological mission، led Dr. Horig Suruzaan working at the temple of Amenhotep III in Luxor in Upper Egypt، found out fragments of 66 statues related of the goddess Sekhmet.
The German mission has carried out archeological tasks in a number of sites in Luxor this year.
Dr. Mahmoud Afifi، head of Egyptian Antiquities sector at the Ministry of Antiquities، said that shreds of the statutes were unearthed during restoring Memnon statue and the Temple of King Amenhotep III.
Those activities began in 1998 under the supervision of the Ministry of Antiquities to preserve the remnants of the temple and rebuild it anew.

Dr. Afifi added that these statues were unearthed during excavations in the area between the yard and the pillared hall of the temple.
It is worth to mention that Sekhmet was a warrior goddess as well as goddess of healing. She is depicted as a lioness، the fiercest hunter known to the Ancient Egyptians. It was said that her breath formed the desert. She was seen as the protector of the pharaohs and led them in warfare.

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