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Ancient Egyptian Statue Found in Slum, Ramses II on Steroids?

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Boy rides bicycle past a recently discovered statue in a Cairo slum. (AP)

Friday, 10 Mar 2017 12:03 PM

A massive ancient Egyptian statue discovered in a Cairo slum could be of pharaoh Ramses II, say archeologists, but so far one of the country's most famous ancient rulers hasn't gotten much respect.

The colossus, whose head was pulled from mud and groundwater by a bulldozer and seen by The Associated Press on Friday, is around eight yards high and was discovered by a German-Egyptian team.

Egyptologist Khaled Nabil Osman said the statue was an "impressive find" and the area is likely full of other buried antiquities.

"It was the main cultural place of ancient Egypt, even the bible mentions it," he said. "The sad news is that the whole area needs to be cleaned up, the sewers and market should be moved."

Ramses II ruled Egypt more than 3,000 years ago and was a great builder whose effigy can be seen at a string of archaeological sites across the country.

Massive statues of the warrior-king can be seen in Luxor, and his most famous monument is found in Abu Simbel, near Sudan.

Osman said that the massive head removed from the ground was made in the style that Ramses was depicted, and was likely him. The site contained parts of both that statue and another.

Egypt is packed with ancient treasures, many of which still remain buried. The sites open to tourists are often empty of late as the country has suffered from political instability that has scared off foreigners since its Arab Spring uprising in 2011.

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A massive ancient Egyptian statue discovered in a Cairo slum could be of pharaoh Ramses II, say archeologists, but so far one of the country's most famous ancient rulers hasn't gotten much respect.
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