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Published: Sat, March 11, 2017
Sport | By Billy Aguilar

Archeologists discover 3000-year-old ancient pharaoh statues in Cairo

Archeologists discover 3000-year-old ancient pharaoh statues in Cairo

Archaeologists in Egypt discovered a massive statue in a Cairo slum that may be of Ramses II, one of the country's most famous and longest ruling ancient pharaohs.

The statue, made of quartzite, was found near the ruins of Ramsees II's temple, leading authorities to believe that it depicts the Egyptian Pharaoh. The district stands on the ancient city of Heliopolis, which was larger than Karnak, Egypt's most famous temple complex.

So far, the statue's bust and a portion of the head featuring the right ear, eye and crown have been uncovered, said Egypt's antiquities minister Khaled al-Anani.

But on Thursday (March 9) this was the scene of one of Egypt's most important archaeological discoveries.

The joint expedition of archaeologists also found the upper part of a life-sized 80cm limestone statue of Pharaoh Seti II, Ramses II's grandson.

Archaeologists working under hard conditions in Cairo have discovered an ancient statue submerged in mud. It probably represents Ramses II.

Matareya, in the northern Cairo, is one of the Egyptian capital's most densely populated neighbourhoods. The Sun God, Ra, was worshipped there at its greatest temple. He expanded the Egyptian empire into modern-day Syria, and conducted an extensive building program of temples, monuments and statues.

Ramses II, also known as Ramses the Great, was the third monarch of the Nineteenth Dynasty of Egypt and ruled from 1279 to 1213 BCE.

"That's what I always tell the people here when they ask if there is anything important".

Initial reports by some Egyptian media outlets had suggested that the winch had damaged the statue, or had broken it into pieces.

In the meantime, the head and torso will be moved to the Grand Egyptian Museum in Giza, which is due to open in 2018. "By creating a 21st-century army of global explorers, we'll find and protect the world's hidden heritage, which contains humankind's collective resilience and creativity".

If there was one emotion that archaeologists were feeling as they stared down into the watery hole in the working-class Cairo neighborhood of Matariya, it wasn't despair.

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