Ancient statue discovered by archaeologists in one of Cairo’s districts, most likely belongs to Pharaoh Psammetichus I, not Ramesses II, as previously assumed, said the Minister of antiquities of Egypt, Khaled al-Anani.
The statue is made of quartzite, weighing four tons and a height of about eight meters, archaeologists discovered in the area of El-Matareyya in Cairo. Originally, scientists thought that rare find represents one of the most famous Egyptian pharaohs, Ramses II.
“After the statue was raised, we found it carved in hieroglyphics the name of Neba, that is, “with strong hand”, and this name Psammetichus I of the twenty-sixth dynasty (Psammetik I was a Pharaoh of ancient Egypt 664-610 BC). Therefore, there is a high probability that it was he,” said the Minister at the meeting in Cairo Museum press conference.
According to the Minister, to know the name carved in the stone of the Pharaoh will need to explore other parts of ancient statues.
The find was made in the area where once was located the ancient Egyptian temple, which was destroyed in the late age, which is currently undergoing archaeological excavations. The statue was discovered in the ground in a damaged condition. Due to the large weight of the monument and its depth of occurrence in clay moist soil scientists had to resort to using machinery to extract part of it to the surface.
After cleaning up the head of the monument revealed that she is seriously damaged: only fragments of the face and the crown of the Pharaoh. Scientists believe that the remaining part of the monument, while remaining in the ground can also be broken into large fragments.