(TIML NEWS) Archaeologists have discovered a colossal statue, possibly depicting Egyptian pharaoh Ramesses the Great, in a muddy pit in a Cairo suburb, Egypt’s antiquities ministry announced today (March 9).
Split in fragments, the quartzite statue was found by Egyptian and German archaeologists in the heavily populated Ain Shams and Matariya districts, where the ancient city of Heliopolis — the cult center for sun-god worship — once stood.
Indeed, the statue was found in a courtyard near the ruins of the sun temple founded by Ramses II, better known as Ramesses the Great. [See Photos of the Mummy of Another Eglyptian Pharaoh – Ramesses III]
“We found two big fragments so far, covering the head and the chest,” said Dietrich Raue, head of the German archaeological team that discovered the statue. “As of yet, we do not have the base and the legs as well as the kilt,” Raue told Live Science.