Egyptian and German archaeologists discovered a massive obelisk which, experts say, most likely depicts revered Pharaoh Ramses II, who ruled Egypt more than 3,000 years ago, Reuters reported. The Antiquities Ministry has hailed the excavation has one of the most important ever.
"Last Tuesday they called me to announce the big discovery of a colossus of a king, most probably Ramses II, made out of quartzite," Antiquities Minister Khaled al-Anani told Reuters on Thursday at the site of the statue's unveiling.
WATCH | The discovery was made near the ruins Rames's II temple in the ancient city of Heliopolis, located in the eastern part of Cairo.
Known as "Rames the Great," the pharaoh is considered to be the most powerful and celebrated ruler of ancient Egypt. He led several military missions and expanded the Egyptian Empire to stretch from Syria in the east to Nubia in the South.
"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," Anani said.
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