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