21 December 1973
Vol 182, Issue 4118

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Twin monolithic quartzite statues of the Egyptian pharaoh Amenhtep III (18th dynasty, circa 1400 B.C.) are identified in classical times with the Greek hero Memnon. Research in 1971 and 1972, supported by the National Gergraphic Society, Showed that each statue weighs 720 metric tons and sands 14.3 meters above its pedestal block. The material was secured at Gebel el Ahmar, 420 miles downstream on the Nile. See page 1219. [Fred Stross, University of California, Berkeley]