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Huge pharaoh head found in Egypt

Amenhotep III

A huge red granite head from a statue of one of Egypt's most famous Pharaohs has been unearthed in the southern city of Luxor.

The 3,000-year-old head is that of Amenhotep III, who was the grandfather of the boy king Tutankhamun.

Experts say the 2.5m head is one of the best preserved examples of the king's face that's ever been found.

It's part of a larger statue, most of which was found several years ago, that scientists now want to reconstruct.

Amenhotep III ruled Egypt from about 1387 to 1348 BC, presiding over a vast empire stretching from Nubia in the south to Syria in the north.