Monday, 18 February 2013

Moving the Northern colossal statues of Amenhotep III

At last night’s lecture Mansour announced that they would be moving the northern colossus today and visitors were welcome. These two colossus were standing at the Northern gate of the funerary temple of Amenhotep III. They had fallen in an earthquake approx 1200BC and had been lying there ever since. Known about since 1821 they had waited funds, compulsory purchase of the land and the will to have them moved. A joint Egyptian-European mission directed by Mohammed Abdelmaqsoud and Hourig Sourouzian. Once moved they will be conserved and studied.

So arriving on site at 10am the actual dignitaries arrived at 11am. They attempted to move the large piece but their initial estimate of it size proved to be incorrect. They thought it was 35 tons, the crane could take 100 tons and the cables 40 tons but they quickly found it was more like 47 tons and more cables would be need. I was also told that it was raising at an angle so that might be adjusted too before they had another go. In the mean while the crane was used to remove other pieces from the low loader.

The location is between Sheikh Ali and the Ramasseum very slightly south of the German House.

1 comment:

Minerva said...

I will be in Luxor at the end of March and am desperate to see this site!