Archaeologists have found pieces of what appears to be a 3,000 year old statue depicting the Pharaoh who was the third of the Nineteenth Dynasty of Egypt and ruled from 1279 to 1213 BCE, according to reports. The Pharaoh Ramses II statue was found in the Cairo slum of Matariya just a few days ago. According to the Antiquities Ministry, the eight metre statue was found underground and could in fact be one of the most important discoveries ever. Parts of other statues were also excavated alongside the initial Pharaoh Ramses II, including the upper part of a smaller statue, depicting Pharaoh Seti II (Ramses II’s grandson) and pieces of an obelisk bearing hieroglyphics.
Antiquities Minister Khaled al-Anani commented, “Last Tuesday they called me to announce the big discovery of a colossus of a king, most probably Ramses II, made out of quartzite. We found the bust of the statue and the lower part of the head and now we removed the head and we found the crown and the right ear and a fragment of the right eye.” The recent discovery has been called “colossal”, due to Ramses II being widely considered to have been the greatest Pharaoh to ever rule the Egyptian Empire. Together with this, the new discovery could even help revive the Egyptian economy, which has largely suffered due to political unrest and terror attacks over the past six years.
Archeologists and historians have recently begun to restore the artefacts in an attempt to create a display at the Grand Egyptian Museum which will open in 2018.
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