Sat Mar 18, 2017 09:46AM
Egyptian workers excavate the statue, recently discovered by a team of German-Egyptian archeologists, in Cairo. (Photo by AFP)
Egyptian workers excavate the statue, recently discovered by a team of German-Egyptian archeologists, in Cairo. (Photo by AFP)
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Egypt has announced that a recently unearthed statue that was primarily believed to be of Ramses II is probably of a different ruler from a different era.

During a news conference, Egypt’s minister of antiquities said various features of the colossus suggest that it belongs to Pharaoh Samtek.

Upon discovery, archaeologists had assumed that the 8-meter tall statue was of Ramses II, who ruled 6 centuries earlier. The statue was found near a temple dedicated to Ramses II.

Even so, experts still consider the find significant as it’s the largest statue of the late period discovered in Egypt.

While the recent developments have yet to be confirmed, an accurate identification of the statue is expected as studies continue.