Two huge pharaonic statues have been dug out of a muddy hole in a residential area in Cairo. The statues — one believed to be of King Ramses II and the other of 12th-century BC monarch King Seti II — are estimated to be 3,000 years old. A team of German and Egyptian archaeologists was responsible for the discovery.
The finds were dug out in an area between dilapidated apartments in Mattarya district, which during the Pharaonic era was Heliopolis, the capital of the monarchy. The relics, one of which is 8 meters tall, are believed to be representations of the said Pharaohs, who ruled from 1314 to 1200 BC, during Ancient Egypt’s 19th dynasty.
“The discovery of the two statues shows the importance of the city of Heliopolis, which was dedicated to the worship of [the sung god] Ra,” said Aymen Ashmawy, head of the team. Ashmawy noted the importance of the finds because the city was home Oun Sun temple, a “magnificent structure.”