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Monday 20 November 2017

Egyptian statue recently discovered is not Ramses II

People gather around part of a statue, the head of King Psamtek 1, after a press conference at the Egyptian museum in Cairo. (AP/Nariman El-Mofty)
People gather around part of a statue, the head of King Psamtek 1, after a press conference at the Egyptian museum in Cairo. (AP/Nariman El-Mofty)

A massive statue recently discovered in Cairo and thought to be of one of the country's most famous pharaohs may actually be of another ancient Egyptian ruler, officials say.

Antiquities Minister Khaled el-Anani told a news conference on Thursday that the colossus discovered last week in an eastern Cairo suburb almost certainly depicts Psamtek I, who ruled Egypt between 664 and 610 BC.

Mr El-Anani spoke in front of the famous Egyptian museum in the heart of Cairo.

Sitting just metres away from him were parts of the statue, including the torso and a partial head, which were ferried from the site to the museum early on Thursday.

The statue was thought to be of Ramses II, who ruled Egypt more than 3,000 years ago.

Press Association

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