"A red granite colossus of the ancient Egyptian deity of wisdom,
Thoth, was unearthed at the northwestern side of King
Amenhotep III's funerary temple on the west bank of Luxor.
Minister of Culture Farouk Hosni announced the find today, explaining
that the statue is 3.5 meters tall and 140 cm wide, and was discovered
during routine excavations carried out by an Egyptian archaeological
team led by Dr. Zahi Hawass, Secretary General of the Supreme
Council of Antiquities (SCA).
Hawass said that evidence at the site where the colossus was found
suggests that more colossi could be found here, as a similar statue
5 meters in height was discovered there last year.
Afifi Rohayem, the assistant of the mission's director, said that the
site could contain an avenue of Thoth statues that once outlined the
original path leading to the temple.
Traces of these colossi were first uncovered at the site during the
execution of a development project aimed at controlling the
subterranean water level on Luxor's west bank. As part of the
process Dr. Hawass assigned a special excavation mission to
explore the site. "