Second part of ancient Egyptian statue lifted from site

  • Second part of ancient Egyptian statue lifted from site

Second part of ancient Egyptian statue lifted from site

Last week Thursday, the giant head of the statue was excavated.

The discovery, hailed by the Antiquities Ministry as one of the most important ever, was made near the ruins of Ramses II's temple in the ancient city of Heliopolis, located in the eastern part of modern-day Cairo.

The joint Egyptian-German expedition also found the upper part of a life-sized limestone statue of Pharaoh Seti II, Ramses II's grandson, that is 80 centimeters long.

The torso of a huge statue, possibly 3000 years old, has been removed from the ground in Egypt. There is no archaeological evidence for this, nor is it consistent with details in the Biblical account.

A bulldozer pulled the head of the statue out from the mud Thursday, according to Reuters. His successors called him the "Great Ancestor".

Despite the fact that the statue was discovered near Ramses II's temple, its identity is still unconfirmed. On the discovered portions there is no inscription found that would make it possible to determine which king it is. Years after the reign of Pharaohs, archaeologists are trying to find more and more remains and evidences of this past world.

Egypt is packed with ancient treasures, many of which still remain buried. Eight meters of domestic and industrial waste as well as building rubble have been dumped on the site in the past four years.

Experts descended on the Souq al-Khamis district of the capital Cairo and used a crane to lift the three-tonne torso of the statue, which is believed to depict revered Pharaoh Ramses II.

Ramses II was known to the Greeks as Ozymandias.

The lone and level sands stretch far away.

A massive statue, that may be of pharaoh Ramses II, one of the country's most famous ancient rulers, is pulled out of grondwater in a Cairo slum, Egypt, Monday, March 13, 2017.

The newly discovered statue won't be traveling almost so far.