Colossal 3,000-year-old statue unearthed from Cairo pit
By Thomas Page, CNN
Updated 1625 GMT (0025 HKT) March 10, 2017
team of archaeologists has discovered a giant 3,000-year-old statue
thought to depict Ramses II, in what the Egyptian Ministry of
Antiquities is describing as "one of [its] most important archaeological
from Egypt and Germany began removing the quartzite statue -- estimated
to stand 30 feet tall -- from the ground in Matariya, greater Cairo, in
front of state representatives and media crews Thursday.
find comes at the end of a dig that began in 2012, says Dietrich Raue
from the University of Leipzig, who heads the German team of
archaeologists involved in the excavation.
was in an area that was almost completely investigated," he explains.
The team had found basalt bases in the dilapidated courtyard, but
nothing more substantial. "We thought [the pit] would be empty without
any features... so that was a great surprise."
of Antiquities Khaled al-Anani, who was on site for the unveiling, said
the figure is most likely Pharaoh Ramses II, otherwise known as
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