Gigantic statue of Ramesses II found and lifted

Parts of a 3000-year-old statue of king Ramesses II, found in Matariya neighbourhood of Cairo, Egypt, were found and lifted from the trench. Archaeologists also discovered parts of a life-sized limestone statue of Pharaoh Seti II, Ramses II’s grandson.

Torso found in the trench (by Egyptian Press Agency)

Researchers found the bust of the statue and the lower part of the head of a statue measuring, in estimates about 8 metres in height. A crane was used to lift the three-tonne torso of the statue, which is believed to depict revered Pharaoh Ramses II. According to the experts, the object was made near ruins of Ramses II’s temple in the ancient city of Heliopolis. The statue is scheduled to be assembled at the Egyptian museum in central Cairo.

Site of excavations (by Egyptian Press Agency)
Lifting of the torso (by Egyptian Press Agency)
Torso lifted from the trench (by Egyptian Press Agency)

Archaeologists found the bust of the statue and the lower part of the head. They have found the crown and the right ear and a fragment of the right eye. The statue was made of quartzite. A crane was used to lift the objects from the trench filled with mud and water. The researchers also found the upper part of a life-sized limestone statue of Pharaoh Seti II, Ramses II’s grandson, which is 80 centimetres long.

Details of the head (by Egyptian Press Agency)
Head after cleaning (by Egyptian Press Agency)

(after The Guardian, Daily Mail Online, Egyptian Press Agency & Ahmed Gomaa)

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