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Like something out of an Indiana Jones movie, an ancient statue has just emerged from the ground in a Cairo slum.
The huge quartzite colossus, discovered in Matariya near the ancient city of Heliopolis, is around 30 feet tall.
A colossal 3,000-year-old statue was just unearthed from a pit in Cairo https://t.co/lv69ONvtbw https://t.co/YS63d0QYfK — CNNi International (@CNNi International)
It is thought to depict Pharaoh Ramses II, also known as Ramses the Great, who ruled more than 3,000 years ago.
The discovery is being hailed by the Antiquities Ministry as one of the most important in living memory.
UNEARTHED: An 8 metre statue of ancient Egyptian Pharaoh Ramses II found in city slum. He ruled more than 3000 year… https://t.co/hp9xy25MS0 — 10 News First (@10 News First)
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Ancient Egypt discoveries never seem to cease: Giant statue believed to be Pharaoh Ramses II found during excavatio… https://t.co/rixdCvHvvw — James Hall (@James Hall)
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