This seems to be a crucial week for archaeological discoveries.

The upper part of King Ramses II statue was discovered in Ashmunin, Minya Governorate.

The Egyptian-American archaeological mission, a joint venture between the Supreme Council of Antiquities and the University of Colorado, headed by Dr. Bassem Jihad and Dr. Yofona Trinka, and working in the Ashmunin area in Minya Governorate, succeeded in uncovering the upper part of a huge statue of King Ramses II. This discovery was made during the excavation work carried out by the mission in the area.

The archaeological study conducted on the discovered upper part of the statue proved that it is a completion of the lower part discovered by the German archaeologist G. Roeder in 1930.

On another front, the stone coffin that was found during the rescue excavation work carried out at the site of the land allocated for the construction of Benha University Specialized Hospital in Qalyubia Governorate was transferred to the Qalyubia Antiquities Area in preparation for the start of comprehensive maintenance and restoration work.

The coffin is made of quartzite and dates back to the era of King Psamtik I. It weighs about 62 tons with the lid.

The preliminary studies conducted on the coffin indicated that it belongs to the overseer of the scribes during the reign of King Psamtik I of the 26th Dynasty.

There is an inscription carved in relief under the lid of the coffin depicting the cartouche of King Psamtik I.

The Supreme Council of Antiquities will continue the rescue excavation work until all work at the site is completed and it is ensured that there are no other archaeological pieces.

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