Researchers discover fragment of ancient Egyptian statue in Israel

Archaeologists have uncovered a large piece of an ancient Egyptian statue in northern Israel, Hebrew University of Jerusalem announced on Monday, calling it a "historic find."

The limestone artefact, measuring roughly 45 centimetres by 40 centimetres, depicts feet and is thought to be a piece of a statue showing a sitting man that, complete, would be roughly life sized.

Egyptian hieroglyphics are inscribed in the rectangular base the feet are anchored in and require more analysis to determine their meaning.

According to the release, the relic was unearthed at the Tel Hazor excavation site, north of the Sea of Galilee.

The statue is thought to be part of an official's tomb or a temple, and was excavated in the same building as a 4,500-year-old sphinx fragment found three years ago. These finds point to the importance of the site, which may have served as the administrative palace for Hazor's ruler at the time, according to the press release.

Last update: Mon, 25/07/2016 - 18:47

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