Archaeologists Discover Parts of Ramses II Statue in Southern Egypt

The Antiquities Ministry say the head and chest of the statue of Ramses II were found in the Temple of Kom Ombo during a project to protect the site from groundwater

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The Statue of King Ramses II is seen on the way to the Grand Egyptian Museum in Cairo, Egypt January 25, 2018.
The Statue of King Ramses II is seen on the way to the Grand Egyptian Museum in Cairo, Egypt January 25, 2018. Credit: \ MOHAMED ABD EL GHANY/ REUTERS

Egypt says archaeologists have discovered parts of a statue of one of its most famous pharaohs in the southern city of Aswan.

The Antiquities Ministry said Tuesday the head and chest of the statue of Ramses II were found in the Temple of Kom Ombo during a project to protect the site from groundwater.

Egypt hopes the find, along with other recent discoveries, will help revive its tourism sector, which has been battered by years of unrest since the 2011 uprising.

Ramses II, also known as Ramses the Great, ruled Egypt from 1279 B.C. to 1213 B.C. He is credited with expanding Egypt’s reach as far as modern Syria to the east and Sudan to the south.

The head of a statue of Ramses II discovered along with other parts of a statue in the Temple of Kom Ombo, Aswan, Egypt. February 27, 2018.Credit: Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities via AP
The Statue of King Ramses II is seen covered and protected after being transferred to the Grand Egyptian Museum on the outskirts of Cairo, January 30, 2018. Credit: \ AMR ABDALLAH DALSH/ REUTERS
The Statue of King Ramses II is seen on the way to the Grand Egyptian Museum in Cairo, Egypt January 25, 2018. Credit: \ MOHAMED ABD EL GHANY/ REUTERS
The Statue of King Ramses II is seen on the way to the Grand Egyptian Museum in Cairo, Egypt January 25, 2018. Credit: \ MOHAMED ABD EL GHANY/ REUTERS

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