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The slums of a large city are probably the last place you’d expect to find a centuries old statue, right? That actually happened recently in Cairo, where archaeologists unearthed a gigantic statue they say is Ramses II. Of course, that means a lot of work for them.
So far, the bust and head of the statue have been found. Additionally, there have been several other artifacts discovered nearby. Work will continue until the entire statue is found.
Once that happens, the artifacts will be restored and displayed in Egypt. The discovery is being called “one of the most important ever.”
Here you see archaeologists hard at work digging out the pieces of the statue. Most of them are from Germany or Egypt.
Bust and Head
As you can see, the statue is slowly being unearthed. It appears to be in pieces, which makes it easier to move.
Often archaeologists will use water to dig out an artifact. You can see that working very well here.
What a Spectacle
Naturally something this big is attracting the attention of the people who live in the town.
There are a variety of other artifacts that are reported to have been found near the statue.
This picture shows just how large the head of the statue is as it is removed using a large bulldozer.
With a discovery this large, it makes sense that everyone wants to get in on it. Wouldn’t you?
With the crowd of people standing around it, you can see just how large this statute of Ramses II really is.
This close up image shows you that the statue is constructed of quartzite materials.
Each of the pieces will be carefully restored before being displayed at the new Grand Egyptian Museum.
Along with the statue, archaeologists found some fascinating ancient writings, which will also be on display.