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Enigmatic discovery

by Pat Coate | March 07, 2006
"This really is a very surprising discovery."
- Hourig Sourouzian, project director

"It is a very beautiful head wearing a nemes (regal headdress)."
- Hourig Sourouzian, project director

Luxor, Egypt - The discovery of a red granite head of a king with Nubian features in the precinct of Amenhotep III's temple on Luxor's West Bank has puzzled Egyptologists.

(Sourouzian) explained that since excavation of the site began in 1998 the mission had consistently stumbled upon homogenous New Kingdom statuaries until last week, when a well-preserved red granite royal head with Kushite features -- full cheeks and bulging lips -- was unearthed.

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