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NEWS: The lower part of 26th Dynasty king Psamtik I colossus uncovered in Cairo’s Matariya

One of the toes (Source: Ahram Online).

“The Egyptian-German Archaeological Mission uncovered most of the remaining parts of the recently discovered colossus of 26th Dynasty King Psamtik I (664-610 BC) while excavating at the temple of Heliopolis in the Souk Al-Khamis area of Matariya district in east Cairo.

Aymen Ashmawy, head of the Ancient Egyptian Antiquities Department and leader of the Egyptian excavation team, told Ahram Online that the joint mission has unearthed around 1,920 separate quartzite blocks comprising the lower part of King Psamtik I colossus.

The mission is composed of archaeologists from the Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities, the Georg Steidorff Egyptian Museum at the University of Leipzig and the University for Applied Sciences, Mainz.
“Early studies carried out on the newly found blocks of the colossus reveal that most comprise parts of the pharaoh’s kilt, legs and three toes,” Ashmawi pointed out.
The studies also suggest that the buried colossus was constructed in a standing position, not a seated one, he stated.
The excavations were focused around the location in which the upper body of Psamtik’s colossus had been found back in March 2017, according to Dietrich Raue, the head of the German archaeological team which participated in the mission.
The statue’s first part was found just to the north of its more recently uncovered lower part.
Evidence suggests the sculpture had been destroyed at an uncertain date and its fragments scattered around a 20-meter diameter area” – via Ahram Online.
To read more (with pictures), click here.

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