So far, found and counted, there are almost two thousand fragments belonging to a giant statue of an Egyptian pharaoh, which were discovered earlier this year in a neighborhood of Cairo and are still being examined, identified and numbered. And the researchers believe it is a colossus of Psamtik I.
For those arriving in the outskirts of Cairo, it is difficult to imagine that thousands of fragments of a Pharaoh Psamtik I colony began to appear here, which has been emerging from the mud in the Matariya neighborhood since the beginning of the year.
The team of German and Egyptian researchers has collected and identified 1920 pieces to date and the excavation continues.
They are three fingers and some parts of the royal skirt, which stand out as some of the details collected from the monarch (believed to have lived between 664 and 610 BC). And during his reign, Egypt ceased to be subject to the Assyrian empire and recovered some of its foreign ties.
The first two pieces belonging to this statue were recovered in Suq al Khamis, early this year of 2017, three meters deep and in the middle of the ruins of Heliopolis, the capital dedicated to the sun god Ra, and one of the most important places of worship of Ancient Egypt.
So far, the fragments have been withdrawn with great effort and even counting on the intervention of the Egyptian army has proved to be a time-consuming and difficult task. A torso of the colossus was recovered in all its wingspan (measuring about 8 meters).
Preliminary studies suggest that about 2000 pieces will be found in the next archaeological epoch. The team composed of Egyptian and German experts from the Universities of Leipzig and Mainz allowed us to reach some conclusions about the physical aspect of the pharaoh. A plaque with his name also allowed him to identify him with certainty, after initial doubts that it might be Rameses II.