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Giant 3,000-Year-Old Statue Of Pharaoh Ramses II Found Buried In A Cairo Slum

Archaeologists from Egypt and Germany have found a massive 26ft (8 metre) statue submerged in ground water in a Cairo slum. Researchers say it probably depicts revered Pharaoh Ramses II, who ruled Egypt more than 3,000 years ago Archaeologists from Egypt and Germany found the statue in Mattarya district, site of the ancient capital of Heliopolis and today a sprawl of working class districts in northeastern Cairo.

Researchers say it probably depicts revered Pharaoh Ramses II, who ruled Egypt more than 3,000 years ago. Researchers found the bust of the statue and the lower part of the head.

The joint Egyptian-German expedition also found the upper part of a life-sized limestone statue of Pharaoh Seti II, Ramses II’s grandson, that is 80 centimetres long. The discovery of the two statues shows the importance of the city of Heliopolis, which was dedicated to the worship of Ra, the sun god.Researchers found the bust of the statue and the lower part of the head (pictured) yesterday. It is believed to be of Ramses the Great, the most powerful and celebrated ruler of ancient Egypt, who ruled from 1279 to 1213 BCEEgyptian minister of antiquities Khaled el-Anani poses for picture with workers next to the head of a statue with a team of German-Egyptian archeologists in Cairo's Mattarya districtPictured is the head of what is believed to be a mammoth statue of Ramses the Great. It was pulled from the mud and groundwater by a bulldozerThe discovery, hailed by the Antiquities Ministry as one of the most important ever, was made near the ruins of Ramses II's temple in the ancient city of Heliopolis. Pictured are researchers digging out the statue from the archaeological siteExperts will now attempt to extract the remaining pieces of the statue before restoring it. Ramses II ruled Egypt more than 3,000 years ago and was a great builder whose effigy can be seen at a string of archaeological sites across the country

Source: MailOnline

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