Unique "harvest": Scottish schoolboy finds "masterpiece of Egyptian sculpture" while digging potatoes

By TravelWiseNov 29, 2023 22:19 PMNews
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Unique "harvest": Scottish schoolboy finds "masterpiece of Egyptian sculpture" while digging potatoes
Unique ''harvest'': Scottish schoolboy finds ''masterpiece of Egyptian sculpture'' while digging potatoes. Source: pexels

A schoolboy found an ancient Egyptian statuette, the first in a series of ancient Egyptian sculptures and artifacts discovered on the grounds of his school.

After many years of research, scientists eventually found out how these artifacts came to the British Isles. This is stated on the website t4.com.ua

From 1952 to 1984, several ancient statues were found on the territory of Melville House, a majestic building in Fife. During the Second World War, the building was used to house soldiers and then became a school boarding school. Each find was passed to curators and museum experts who confirmed that the statues were ancient Egyptian artifacts. But the origin of these objects remained a mystery for a long time.

Margaret Maitland, Chief Curator of the Ancient Mediterranean at the National Museums of Scotland, where most of the objects are kept, described the collection as "fascinating" and noted its mysterious origin.

Among the artifacts included in the collection was a nearly 4,000-year-old statue head carved from red sandstone, which Maitland described as "a masterpiece of Egyptian sculpture." The collection also included bronze and ceramic figurines dating from between 1069 BC and 30 BC, i.e. before the Roman conquest of Egypt.

One of the key discoveries was a glazed ceramic statuette depicting the Egyptian goddess Isis breastfeeding her son Horus. A total of 18 artifacts were found buried around Melville House. These objects are the only officially declared and described ancient Egyptian artifacts in Scotland.

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