Archaeologists in Egypt unearth section of large Ramses II statue

Nearly 4-meter-long bust depicting the king alongside hieroglyphic inscription was uncovered in a joint Egypt-U.S. archaeological mission
A joint Egypt-U.S. archaeological mission has uncovered the upper part of a huge statue of King Ramses II during excavations south of the Egyptian city of Minya, Egypt's Tourism and Antiquities Ministry said on Monday.
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The limestone block is about 3.8 meters (12.5 feet) high and depicts a seated Ramses wearing a double crown and a headdress topped with a royal cobra, Bassem Jihad, head of the mission's Egyptian team, said in a statement.
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Limestone bust of Ramses II found in Egypt
Limestone bust of Ramses II found in Egypt
Limestone bust of Ramses II found in Egypt
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The upper part of the statue's back column shows hieroglyphic writings that glorify the king, one of ancient Egypt's most powerful pharaohs, he said.
Also known as Ramses the Great, he was the third pharaoh of the Nineteenth Dynasty of Egypt and ruled from 1279 to 1213 BCE.
The size of the statue when combined with its lower section, which was unearthed decades ago, would reach about 7 meters.
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פסלו של רעמסס השני בלוקסור שבמצרים
פסלו של רעמסס השני בלוקסור שבמצרים
Statue of Ramses II in Egypt
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The city of El Ashmunein, on the west bank of the Nile River, was known in ancient Egypt as Khemnu and in the Greco-Roman era was the regional capital of Hermopolis Magna.
Studies have confirmed that the upper part of the statue is a match for the lower section discovered by German archaeologist Gunther Roeder in 1930, said Mustafa Waziri, head of Egypt's Supreme Council of Antiquities.
The mission has begun cleaning and preparing the block ahead of modeling what the statue would look like when the two sections are combined, Waziri said.
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