Gigantic statue of Pharaoh Ramses II discovered in Egypt

A team of American-Egyptian archaeologists has unearthed a massive statue of the pharaoh Ramses II in Egypt. The statue, discovered during excavations south of Minya, stands at seven meters tall and depicts Ramses II sitting at about 3.8 meters high.

The discovery comes after German archaeologist Gunther Roeder first found the lower part of the statue in 1930 near Luxor. When combined with the upper part, which was discovered by the American-Egyptian team, the statue reaches its full height of seven meters.

Ramses II ruled Egypt from 1279-1213 BCE and was known for his military campaigns and building projects. He was also known as Ramses the Great and was the third pharaoh of the 19th dynasty, ruling for a stable and prosperous period in ancient Egypt.

In addition to this new discovery, Ramses II’s mummy was found in 1881 near Luxor and previously housed in the Egyptian Museum in Cairo before being moved to the new National Museum of Egyptian Civilization in 2021. This adds to the rich history of Ramses II’s reign and contributions to ancient Egypt.

By Sophia Gonzalez

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