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Archeological News of March 2008: Queens and Lizards



A well-preserved statue depicting a significant Egyptian queen was found in March, which was located at the extensive mortuary temple of Amenhotep III situated on the West Bank of Luxor. In this article, you will also uncover information on newly discovered temple ruins, as well as a rare fossil find.

Well-Preserved Queen Uncovered , Egypt

A research team consisting of Europeans and Egyptians were responsible for uncovering the figure of a significant queen, which stood 12 feet into the air. The statue was also linked to a broken piece of leg that belonged to a much bigger colossus of Amenhotep III , the ruler of the land from 1390 to 1350 BC.

It is the opinion of experts that the statue is of Queen Tiye, who was heralded as the favorite wife of Amenhotep III. She would become the most influential of women during the 38 years that he would reign. This statue could support the thought that the women in royalty were becoming more prominent and were respected with a decent amount of influence during the time period in which she lived in.

When taking a look where the statue was found , it measures 700 meters long (2,300 feet), making it the largest in Egypt. The most famous of attractions is the great Colossi of Memnon , two statues of Amenhotep III, which stands 21 meters into the air.

Researchers exclaim that the site has suffered great disruption with a host of devastating earthquakes throughout the pharonic times. Archeologists agree that it is a one in a million chance to find a statue undamaged under these sorts of conditions, as she was not “crushed” in any manner. The queen was uncovered under a rather badly damaged leg of the larger colossus.

Ancient Temple Find in Inca Ruins , Peru

In Cusco, Peru , an ancient Incan site has been uncovered just outside the ruins of Sacsayhuaman , a stone fortress that is believed an item from pre-Inca culture (around 1100 AD). Today, the site is recognized as a UN World Heritage site. The find will allow scientists to study their theories regarding the complex, as it was previously thought that the site was used only for military activities and objectives. Now , it is thought that the temple served a purpose during ceremonies. This sacred place measures 250 square meters (2,700 square feet and is comprised of 11 rooms that are believed to hold a variety of idols and mummies.

Oldest Plant-Eating Lizard Fossil Uncovered , Japan

Around last week, a rare fossil was uncovered in Japan, which depicts the oldest known plant-eating lizard that could tie into the evolutionary thoughts of Charles Darwin. In the Ishikawa Prefecture of Japan, jaw and skull bones dating 130 million years old have been found. Researchers estimate that the lizard measured between 10 to 12 inches (25 to 30 centimeters) long after analyzing the size of the skull. The discovery is important as locating a full plant-eating lizard is very rare, as the majority of these creatures usually feast upon insects or a combination of bugs and greenery. If you’d like more information, the most recent issue of the journal titled “Paleontology” will help.