Egypt extracts torso of ‘Pharaoh Ramses II’ statue from mud

The torso of a huge statue, possibly 3,000 years old, has been lifted from the ground in Egypt. It could depict a famous pharaoh.

The statue’s giant head and other fragments were extracted from the same site last week.

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

Egyptians look on as a crane lifts parts of a statue for restoration after it was unearthed at Souq al-Khamis district, at al-Matareya area, Cairo, Egypt, 13 March 2017Image copyrightEPA
Part of the torso was hauled out from deep muddy groundwater using a crane on Monday
Egyptian workers stand as a statue is raised from the earth, that might be of revered Pharaoh Ramses II, who ruled Egypt over 3,000 years ago, at the Matariya area in, Cairo, Egypt 13 March 2017.Image copyrightREUTERS
The Ministry of Antiquities said the statue’s parts would be moved and assembled at the Egyptian museum in central Cairo. It’s hoped that it will be possible to put the two large pieces together.
An Egyptian worker stands beside the unearthed statue that might be of revered Pharaoh Ramses II who ruled Egypt over 3,000 years ago, at the Matariya area in Cairo, Egypt, March 13, 2017.Image copyrightREUTERS
The figure is made out of quarzite
People watch as the crew unearth a statue that might be of revered Pharaoh Ramses II who ruled Egypt over 3,000 years ago, at the Matariya area in Cairo, Egypt, March 13, 2017Image copyrightREUTERS
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
Egyptians look on as a crane lifts parts of a statue for restoration after it was unearthed at Souq al-Khamis district, at al-Matareya area, Cairo, Egypt, 13 March 2017Image copyrightEPA
Found last week by an Egyptian-German archaeological team, the statue weighs three tonnes – excavation will finish on Tuesday
Antiquities workers cover the head of a massive statue, that may be of pharaoh Ramses II, one of the countryImage copyrightAP
Another part of a statue – a large head – was extracted on Thursday last week

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