Fri Mar 10, 2017 01:26PM
Matariya residents pose for pictures with what appears to be the head of an unearthed statue of Pharaoh Ramses II. © Reuters
Matariya residents pose for pictures with what appears to be the head of an unearthed statue of Pharaoh Ramses II. © Reuters
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Archeologists have discovered a colossal statue under a slum in Cairo that dates back to 3,000 years ago.

A team of Egyptian and German archeologists found the 8-meter-long statue submerged in ground water in a Cairo slum.

The relics are believed to depict Pharaoh Ramses the second, who ruled ancient Egypt more than 3 millennia ago.

The joint expedition also found the upper part of another giant sculpture belonging to Ramses’ grandson Seti the second. The finding, which followed a simple digging technique, has reportedly been hailed as one of the most important ever.

The archeologists will not attempt to extract the statues fully before restoring them.

If the colossus is proven to be pharaonic, it will be put on display at the entrance of the Grand Egyptian Museum.