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Two colossal pharaoh statues found in Cairo mud pit

Friday, March 10, 2017 13:27
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DEBKAfile was founded by a team of journalists in June 2000 as an independent Internet Web site, providing an intelligence and security news service. March 10, 2017, 10:24 PM (IDT)

The huge statues dating back more than 3,000 years were found in a mud pit between crumbling apartment blocks in the Mattarya district of Cairo, which stands on the site of the ancient Pharaonic capital of Heliopolis. One statue standing eight meters tall is carved out of quartzite, a tough stone composed mostly of quartz grains, and may represent King Ramses II; the other is a limestone statue of the 12th century ruler King Seti II. They were discovered by a joint German­-Egyptian archaeological team

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