Archaeologists from Egypt and Germany stated that they have found a massive 3000-year-old Pharaoh Ramses II buried in Cairo slum in Egypt. The antique statue’s bust and head measure 8 m in length and is made of quartzite.
The most powerful and celebrated ruler of ancient Egypt, the pharaoh also known as Ramses the Great was the third of the Nineteenth Dynasty of Egypt.
“Last Tuesday they called me to announce the big discovery of a colossus of a king, most probably Ramses II, made out of quartzite,” Antiquities Minister Khaled al-Anani said Thursday.”
Experts will now try to extract the remaining pieces of statues before restoring them. If they are successful and the colossus is proven to depict Ramses II, it will be moved to the entrance of the Grand Egyptian Museum, set to open in 2018.
The statues were found in the working-class area of Matariya, among unfinished buildings and mud roads.
“It is one of the most important excavations in Egypt,”
Said Dr. Salima Ikram, an archaeologist and professor of Egyptology at the American University in Cairo