The discovery of the statues happened this week, in Cairo, next to the ruins of the temple of Ramses II, in the district of Heliópolis, Egypt. The Egyptian Antiquities Minister, Khaled al-Anani, said it was the “discovery of a colossus”.
It was a group of Egyptian and German archaeologists who discovered a statue of Pharaoh Ramesses II, about eight meters high. This discovery occurred in the eastern part of Cairo, near the ruins of the temple of Ramses II, in the neighborhood (which today is one of the poorest in Cairo). The statues were submerged by mud.
In a statement to CNN, Egyptian Antiquities Minister Khaled al-Anani confirmed the discovery: “They called me on Tuesday to announce the discovery of a colossus, most likely of Rameses II, made of quartzite. The bust of the statue and lower part of the head was discovered. When we remove the head, we discover the crown and the right ear, as well as a piece of the right eye”.
Ramses II ruled between 1278 BC and 1213 BC, and would thus be the third pharaoh of the 19th Egyptian dynasty, is considered one of the most important of Ancient Egypt. Thus, it was from an early age, because it was during his reign that the Egyptian Empire expanded to the territories that are now Syria and Sudan.
In the same expedition, the upper part of a statue of Pharaoh Seti II, grandson of Ramses II, made of limestone and about eighty centimeters was also discovered.
The leader of the German expedition, Dietrich Raue of the University of Leipzig, told CNN that Heliopolis, where the discoveries were made, was originally the home of the Sun God’s house, so the discovery is not a complete surprise for Raue. “The Sun God created the world in Heliopolis. That means everything would have to be built here: statues, temples… But Ramses II never lived near the place, because it was the abode of the Sun-God”, he recalled.