A professional team of German and Egyptian archaeologists announced a historic discovery on March 9, 2017– Parts of a giant, believed to be depicting legendary Pharaoh Ramses II 3000-year-old statute, were discovered buried centuries ago beneath the slums of Matariya, Cairo.
The discovery could spark a new chapter about the Egyptian ancient history as it tells the story about the origin of the world.
The discovered statue’s chest and head measure 8 meters and made of quartzite. The grandson of Ramses II, Pharaoh Seti II’s upper part of the small statue and some fragments of an obelisk bear hieroglyphics has also been discovered.
Dietrich Raue, head of the expedition’s German team, told Reuters that ancient Egyptians believed Heliopolis was the place where the sun god lives, meaning it was off-limits for any royal residences.
“The sun god created the world in Heliopolis, in Matariya. That’s what I always tell the people here when they say is there anything important. According to the pharaonic belief, the world was created in Matariya,” Raue said.
The experts have been striving to restore the broken artifacts to be displayed on the occasion of the Grand Egyptian Museum 2018. It can greatly restore the glory of Egyptian tourism which was deeply affected by the unrest and terror in the country.