An Egyptian and German archaeologists extracted a 26-foot (8-meter) statue in the El Matareya district of Cairo. It’s believed to depict Pharaoh Ramses II, one of Egypt’s greatest rulers.
The statue, carved out of a tough rock known as quartzite. It was submerge in groundwater where it was buried under the streets of a Cairo suburb. Archaeologists also recovered fragments of another statue believed to be of Ramses II’s grandson, Pharaoh Seti II, as well as an obelisk.
Archaeologists will continue to extract the other parts of the statues for study and restoration. If the statue is determined to be of Ramses II, it will be put at the Grand Egyptian Museum next year.