Massive 'Pharaoh' statue excavated in

Massive 'Pharaoh' statue excavated in
Massive 'Pharaoh' statue excavated in Egypt

Part of a huge statue, possibly 3,000 years old, has been lifted from the ground in . It could be that of a famous pharaoh.

The relics were found in the north-east of Cairo, close to the temple of Ramses II, also known as Ramses the Great, suggesting it may represent him.

Image copyright AP Image caption The statue was found in wasteland in between apartment blocks on the site of the ancient capital, Heliopolis Image copyright EPA Image caption The statue, of part of the torso of a male, was found deep in groundwater and appeared to still be in good condition Image copyright Reuters Image caption The Ministry of Antiquities said the statue's parts would be moved and assembled at the Egyptian museum in central Cairo Image copyright Reuters Image caption An Egyptian worker stands next to the figure, which is made of quartzite and is believed to depict Ramses II, who ruled Egypt for 60 years from his early 20s and helped expand Egypt's reach Image copyright Reuters Image caption Residents close to where the statue was found cheer its excavation - one leading Egyptologist said if it proved to be original, rather than a later reworking to resemble Ramses II, it would prove to be a significant find Image copyright EPA Image caption Found last week by an Egyptian-German archaeological team, the statue weighs three tonnes - excavation will finish on Tuesday Image copyright AP Image caption Another part of a statue - a large head - was uncovered on Thursday last week

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