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We love archaeology and there was just a big find in the slums of Cairo, Egypt that dates back about 3,000 years!
Cool Archaeology: Massive Statue of Ancient Egyptian Pharaoh Found in Cairo
A massive statue of an ancient Egyptian Pharaoh was found this month submerged in groundwater in a working-class neighborhood of Cairo. The unearthed pieces are made of quartzite and could be upwards of 3,000 years old.
What was first believed to be a depiction of Pharaoh Ramses II is now more likely thought to be King Psammetich I, who ruled Egypt from 664 to 610 BC, according to Egyptian antiquities officials. The biggest clue pointing to the statue's true identity was the discovery of an inscription on it that read "Nebaa," a name closely linked to Psammetich I.
The statue's other characteristics led archaeologists to believe that the artifact came from Egypt's Late Period. If true, researchers believe it would be the largest statue from the Late Period ever discovered.
The 26-foot statue is made of quartzite. Other fragments of the statue will need to be studied to confirm the identity with certainty.
Archaeologists from Egypt and Germany have discovered the remains of an ancient Egyptian statue they believe could depict one of history's most famous rulers. "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," Khaled al-Anani, Egypt's antiquities minister, told Reuters.
The discovery was made by a joint effort between Egypt's Ministry of Antiquities and researchers from the University of Leipzig.