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Statues of Taharqa, Senkamenisken and Aspelta found

 
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 01, 2010 6:21 pm    Post subject: Statues of Taharqa, Senkamenisken and Aspelta found Reply with quote

Apparently this discovery was made in 2008, but has not been made public until now.

From Heritage key site - click

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A massive one ton granite statue of the pharaoh Taharqa has been found in Dangeil, deep inside Sudan. Taharqa was a pharaoh of the 25th dynasty of Egypt. This was a period of Kushite rule, which means that Taharqa and his fellow rulers were from Nubia and drew their power-base from there.

In her blog Dr. Rocheleau describes the Taharqa statue as, “more than life-size and weighs over one ton.” The Taharqa and Senkamanisken statues have “great muscular bodies with an inscribed back pillar... and lovely feet on the statue base, but we are missing their heads and their lower legs.”
She continues, “as for Aspelta, it completely the opposite: we have his beautiful head, lower legs and his feet, but not his body.”
The find was a surprise to Rocheleau’s team. There are no granite sources near the site – and the finds at Dangeil, prior to this discovery, date to the time of the kingdom of Meroe (3rd century BC – 3rd century AD).
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 04, 2010 3:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Someone on EEF mentioned that this had appeared in "Egyptian Archaeology" number 34 (Spring 2009 issue).

http://www.ees.ac.uk/userfiles/file/EA34p14Notes_News.pdf

The pdf has a picture of the Senkamenisken statue (just a torso)

I hope they will show a photograph of the Taharqa statue at some point.
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 08, 2010 2:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Another article was mentioned on EEF:
http://heritage-key.com/blogs/owenjarus/massive-taharqa-statue-discovered-deep-sudan-pictures-inscriptions-and-interview

There's an interview with Dr Anderson:

Quote:
A giant of a statue

The statue of Taharqa is truly monumental. “It’s a symbol of royal power,” said Dr. Anderson, an indicator that Dangeil was an “important royal city.”

It’s made of granite and weighs more than one ton. It stood about 2.6 meters (8.5 feet) when it had its head. In ancient times it was smashed into several pieces on purpose. This was also done to the two other statues.


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Dr. Anderson confirmed something that I suspected. No statue of a pharaoh has ever been found further south of Egypt than this one. “That’s one reason it’s so exciting and very interesting,” she said. The discovery was such a surprise that one colleague of Anderson's didn't believe it at first saying that the statues “can’t possibly be (at) Dangeil.”


There are some very nice photographs in the article as well.
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