The officials of the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities in Egypt announced on the 28th of July the recent discovery of an archeological artifact dating back from the Coptic era, in the region of Ramses II.
The Supreme Council publicly declared that the discovery consists of several carved stone blocks and statues, which were found in the southeast part of Memphis, Giza, through archeological excavations at a depth of 2km. This discovery indicates the fact that the statues were recycled in later eras, given the fact that limestone blocks dating back from the Coptic area were also found in the same region.
According to the Secretary-General of the Supreme Council of Antiquities, the archeologists found a statue of the Pharaoh Ramses II and several additional statues that represent various other deities. The meaningful names of the Coptic era include goddess Sekhmet and the sky goddess Hathor, as well as the icon of Ptah, commonly referred to as the god of creation in the Egyptian culture.
A little bit of background
Ramses II is Egyptian’s most powerful pharaoh of the Nineteenth Dynasty, and part of the longest-lived monarchs of Ancient Egypt’s culture. The primary focus of Ramses’ reign was to create the most advanced living conditions for his subjects, the monuments that are currently visited by tourists from all around the globe, and the ones that brought a name for Egypt as a tourist destination.
In addition to this, his region has become widely known and feared for Ramses’ military expeditions. Scientists have concluded that Ramses managed to take the throne somewhere around his teens days and ruled Egypt between 1279 BCE and 1213 BCE.
According to Mostafa Waziri, the Secretary-General of the Supreme Council of Antiquities, the statues are medium-sized blocks made out of granites and limestone, which gives them a pink and black appearance. This is why the ministry decided to carry on with the excavations until the archeological pieces are conserved.