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[ June 7th 2005 ]
of French archaeologists have uncovered an ancient
Egyptian pharaoh dating back more than 3,600 years.
The rare statue of Egypt's King Neferhotep - measuring
1.8 meters in height - was unearthed as archaeologists
carried out repairs around the Karnak Temple in
the southern city of Luxor, according to Agence
Larche, one of the team that found the limestone
statue of the king, whose name means "beautiful
and good", said it was lying about 1.6 metres
below ground near an obelisk of Queen Hatshepsut,
the only woman to have reigned as a pharaoh in
Egypt, ruling from 1504-1484 BC, reports AFP.
was the 22nd king of the 13th Dynasty. The son
of a temple priest in Abydos, he ruled Egypt from
1696-1686 BC. Experts believe his father's position
helped him to ascend the throne, as there was
no royal blood in his family.