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The missing part of a bust of Ramss discovered in Egypt almost a century later

  • March 19, 2024
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Archaeologists have discovered the missing part of a bust of Ramses in Cairo, Egypt.

The missing part of a bust of Ramses discovered in Egypt almost a century later

The bust of Ramses II found on the site of Hermopolis in Egypt. © Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities

Last century (~1930) German archaeologists discovered a pair of stone legs at a historic site in Egypt. In a statement released on March 4, Egypt’s Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities reported that the remains of the statue were found south of Cairo and a few kilometers from the town of Ashmunin. This is a bust of Ramses measuring 3.80 meters.

“The joint Egyptian-American archaeological mission of the Supreme Council of Antiquities and the University of Colorado, led by Dr. Bassem Gehad and Dr. Ivonna Trnka, and working in the Ashmunin region of Minya Governorate, succeeded in discover the upper part of a huge statue of King Ramses II during excavations carried out by the mission in the region”

Indeed, officials inform that this discovery is the continuation of the lower part discovered by the Germans in 1930.

Archaeologist G. Roeder points out that the mission has started carrying out cleaning, archaeological and strengthening works with a view to its study and the preparation of a visualization of what the statue would look like in its entirety.

The discovered piece is made of limestone and measures approximately 3.80 meters high and represents King Ramses II seated wearing a double crown and a headdress topped with a royal cobra. The upper part of the rear column of the statue also shows hieroglyphic writings of titles to glorify the king. The size of the statue when its lower part is installed can reach approximately 7 meters.

The city of Ashmunin where the statue of Ramesses was discovered was known in ancient Egypt as Khemnu, meaning the City of Eight, because it was the seat of the Egyptian cult of Thamun. It was known in Greco-Roman times as Hermopolis Magna, and it was a center for the worship of the god Djehuti and the capital of the fifteenth region.

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