Archaeologists have found in a shantytown of Cairo a gigantic statue that could represent the Pharaoh Ramses II, one of the most famous kings in history.
The colossus, which was extracted from the mud and water by heavy machinery on Friday, is nearly eight meters high. It was discovered by an Egyptian-German team.
Egyptologist Khaled Nabil Osman said it is an “impressive” finding in an area that probably contains a multitude of buried treasures.
He explained that the area is one of the main cultural sites of ancient Egypt and is even mentioned in the Bible. However, markets and sewers will have to be moved before it can be searched, he said.
Ramses II ruled Egypt more than 3,000 years ago. His effigy appears on multiple structures throughout the country. Giant statues honoring this warrior king are found in Luxor in particular. Its most famous monument is in Abu Simbel, near Sudan.
Mr. Osman said that the gigantic head extracted from the ground was carved in the style of Ramses II, and that it is therefore probably him. The site contained fragments of this statue and another.