Royal Sphinx Statue Unearthed in Tuna El-Gebel
The Egyptian archaeological mission, headed by Sayed Abdel Malek, on Saturday uncovered a small royal statue of a sphinx in Tuna El-Gebel archaeological area in Minya governorate in Upper Egypt.
Director-General of the antiquities of Middle Egypt Gamal El-Samastawy said that the statue was made of limestone, adding that it measures about 35cm in height and 55cm in width.
He pointed out that the mission also has found collections of ancient amulets in addition to potteries of various forms and sizes.
El-Samastawy confirmed that the coming period will witness more archaeological excavations to find out secrets behind the burial of this statue in this area, which contains contain many ancient Egyptian treasures that are not yet revealed.
It is noteworthy that Tuna el-Gebel area, in Minya governorate, contains monuments from the Greek and Roman eras, as well as the Late Middle Ages. The Boundary Stelae of Akhenaton, catacombs of falcons, baboons and ibises, and the tombs of Petosiris and Isadora were also found in the same area.
Tuna el-Gebel village is famous for having many archaeological tombs, which contributed greatly to the revival of archaeological and touristic life and helped drive Arab and foreign tourists to the region once again. It is an archaeological village located in Al Minya Governorate. It has a population of more than 20,000 people.
Tuna el-Gebel was considered a cemetery in the Pharaonic, Greek and Roman periods that contains many important monuments, including the tomb and the chapel of Isadora, the martyr of love, which dates back to the Greco-Roman period.
Tuna el-Gebel houses the tomb of the priest Petosiris dating back to the Greek era, and the villa of Dean of Arabic literature Taha Hussein, in addition to the existence of many archaeological sites that have not been discovered yet.
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