The unearthed pieces are made of quartzite and may depict one of Egypt’s most famous rulers.
Egyptian archaeologists has doubled its time in working in a present day eastern Cairo slum, where remains of an ancient Egypt’s ruler they believe could depict one of history’s most famous rulers.
According to local report, the remains believed to be the Pharaoh Ramses II was found submerged in groundwater in a Cairo slum.
In an interview with Reuters, Egypt’s antiquities minister Khaled al-Anani, they already seen the parts and subject the remains in a thorough studies and investigation.
“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,” al-Anani said.
The report said the 26-foot statue is made of quartzite and could be up to 3,000 years old.
Meanwhile, the Antiquities Ministry in Egypt is hailing the discovery as significant. The remains lack an inscription bearing the pharaoh’s name, but the discovery’s proximity to a temple devoted to Ramses suggest the statue is of his likeness, the Indian department says.
The agency also found out a limestone statue of Pharaoh Seti II, the grandson of Ramses II, in the site.
The discovery was made following a joint effort between Egypt’s Ministry of Antiquities and researchers from the University of Leipzig. A rising water table, industrial waste, and piling rubble have made excavation of the ancient site difficult.
A quartzite colossus possibly of Ramses II and limestone bust of Seti II are seen after they were discovered at the ancient Heliopolis archaeological site in Matareya area in Cairo, Egypt on March 9, 2017.
The statues were found in parts in the vicinity of the King Ramses II temple in the ancient city Heliopolis, also known as Oun, by a German-Egyptian archaeological mission.
Ramses II is one of the ancient world’s most famous leaders, he ruled Egypt from 1279 to 1213 B.C., making his 60-year-long-rule one of the longest in ancient Egypt.
Ramses II military exploits expanded Egypt’s reach as far east as modern Syria and as far south as modern Sudan.
The growth and prosperity seen in Egypt at the time earned him the title “Ramses the Great.”