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Huge statue of 'Pharoah Ramses II' pulled from ground in Egypt

Evening Standard logo Evening Standard 13/03/2017 Tom Powell

The three-ton torso of a massive statue that may be of one of Egypt's most famous pharaohs has been lifted from the ground in Cairo.

The statue, believed to be Ramses II, was pulled out of muddy groundwater by a crane as dozens of workers supported it.

It was then moved to dry land where it was covered by a white fabric.

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The first part of the colossus - a large portion of the head - was pulled up on Thursday.

The Ministry of Antiquities said the statue's parts would be assembled at the Egyptian museum in central Cairo, where they would be pieced together and restored before being moved to the yet-to-open Grand Egyptian Museum near the Giza Pyramids.

Ramses II took the throne in his early 20s and ruled Egypt for 60 years more than 3,000 years ago.

He is credited with expanding ancient Egypt's reach as far as modern Syria to the east and modern Sudan to the south.

The expansion earned him the title "Ramses the Great".

The statue was discovered last week by a German-Egyptian archaeological team in the district of Matariya.

Egyptian workers look at the site of a new discovery by a team of German-Egyptian archeologists in Cairo's Mattarya district on March 9, 2017.
Statues of the kings and queens of the nineteenth dynasty (1295 - 1185 BC) were unearthed in the vicinity of th Amazing archeological finds © Provided by Independent Print Limited

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