published: 2017-03-18 15:09:37
(13 Mar 2017) Archaeologists in Egypt have discovered a massive ancient statue buried under a Cairo district that may be of Ramses II, one of the country’s most famous and longest ruling ancient pharaohs.
The colossus, a large portion of whose head was pulled from mud and groundwater by a bulldozer on Thursday is around eight metres (26 feet) high and was discovered by a German-Egyptian archaeological team.
On Monday, Egyptian Antiquities Minister Khaled al-Anani observed the extraction of the torso and the lower part of the statue’s head from the pit in the Matariya area of greater Cairo.
He confirmed that archaeologists thought the latest statue belonged either to the fabled pharaoh or an older king and then used by Ramses II.
Dietrich Raue, the head of the expedition’s German team, described the find as very important as it provided more evidence that the enormous Oun temple existed in the area that is now under the sprawling metropolis of Cairo.
Ramses II ruled Egypt for 60 years – one of the longest stretches in ancient Egypt – and besides his military exploits is known for being a great builder whose image can be seen at a string of sites across the country.
Massive statues of the warrior-king can be viewed in Luxor, and his most famous monument is in Abu Simbel, near Sudan.
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