Friday, archaeologists from Egypt and Germany recently unearthed a massive ancient Egyptian statue in Cairo.The statue is believed to be of Pharaoh Ramses II, who ruled Egypt more than 3,000 years ago, Reuters reported. The statue was found submerged in groundwater near what was the ancient city of Heliopolis. The find of the Ramses II statue is incredible but incomplete so far but so far the head and the torso have been found of this 26-foot statue.
Khaled al-Anani, Egypt’s antiquities minister, said in a Facebook post, “The statue is “one of the most important archaeological discoveries” made in the area and that the archaeologists also uncovered a statue of Ramses II’s grandson, Pharaoh Seti II. Mahmoud Afifi, Head of the Ancient Egyptian Antiquities at the Ministry, also said of the statue that “Although there are no engravings that could identify such a statue, its existence at the entrance of King Ramses II’ temple suggests that it could belong to him.”
Dietrich Raue, head of the German archaeological team that helped to discover the statue said of the find that, “It was indeed used by the pharaoh as a colossal statue, but we cannot yet be sure that it wasn’t an older statue he reused.” Raue also said of the statue that his team did not find any artifacts or engravings that could identify the subject of the colossal sculpture, its location in front of Ramesses II’s temple suggests that it could have belonged to the pharaoh.
Ramesses II history in Egypt has is that he was the third king of Egypt’s 19th dynasty. He ruled for 66 years (1279 to 1213 B.C.). During his long reign, Ramesses built more temples, buildings and monuments than any other pharaoh. Ramesses II also took more wives and had more children (over 100) than any other Egyptian pharaoh, archaeologists have stated. Ramesses was considered a mighty warrior, Ramesses II created an empire that stretched from present-day Libya to Iraq in the east, to Turkey in the north and to Sudan in the south.
Much of the monuments and temples were destroyed over time during the Islamic era (eighth to 13th century A.D.), and then their blocks were used in the construction of historic Cairo. The team will continue to excavate the area searching for more artifacts and for the. “We have not finished the excavation of the courtyard,” he said. “It is possible we will find the missing fragments, and who knows maybe other statues.”
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