• Zachery Bernabe

New Statue of King Tut's Grandmother Found Along the Nile

King Tut was the 12th king of the 18th Egyptian dynasty, but his grandmother, Queen Tiye, was the ninth ruler, who lived from 1390 to 1352 B.C.. At her "grave site," a "unique" carved statue was recently discovered along the Nile River on March 23, 2017. This statue may represent her in the way that she looked during her time of rule.

Found inside the mortuary temple of Amenhotep III at Kom Al-Hittan, the statue is "beautiful, distinguished and unique," Egyptian Minister of Antiquities Khaled El-Enany said in a statement, according to livescience.com.

This is the first ever statue to be found of her made of alabaster. Despite being nearly 3,400 years old, the statue is in great condition and has survived erosion by the Nile, as well as damage from earthquakes.

The researchers who found the statue are now working to restore it, according to the Daily Mail Online, and they hope to return it to the collection of statues that have been found in the hall of columns, and also to restore the statues of Sekhmet found in 2010.