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A 3,000-Year-Old Statue Of Pharaoh Ramses II Has Been Discovered

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A massive 26ft statute of a pharaoh has been discovered in a Cairo slum and it's absolutely amazing.

As you can see in the video at the top of this story, archaeologists from Egypt and Germany found the statue submerged in water and think it most likely depicts Pharaoh Ramses II, the ruler of Egypt 3,000 years ago. Eat your heart out, Indiana Jones.

The discovery was made near the ruins of Ramses II temple and is being called one of the most important ever finds by the Antiquities Ministry.


Credit: PA

Antiquities Minister Khaled al-Anani told Reuters: "Last Tuesday they called me to announce the big discovery of a colossus of a king, most probably Ramses II, made out of quartzite.

"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."

Credit: PA

Credit: PA

Ramses II ruled from 1279 to 1213 BCE and is one of ancient Egypt's most celebrated pharaohs.

Dozens of people gathered around yesterday to watch the giant statue's head being pulled out of the water.

Alongside the huge statue, archaeologists also found a life-sized limestone statue of 12th century BC ruler King Seti II.

Experts will now begin excavating the remaining pieces of statutes before attempting to restore them - with the hopes of eventually moving the statute to the Grand Egyptian Museum, which is planned to open next year.

Ramses II, also known as Ramses the Great, ruled for 67 years after taking the throne aged 25. During his time in charge, he founded a new capital, Piramesse, and fathered more children than any other pharaoh.

Video Credit: Ruptly

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