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The colossus found a few days ago in Matariya, Cairo, does not represent Pharaoh Ramses II as was believed at first, but rather represents Psamético I (660-610 BC), pharaoh of the XXVI dynasty, announced the Egyptian Minister of Antiquities Khaled El Anany.
«After removing the torso, we found part of the actual protocol and we were lucky to find the second title:«Neba"The one that was only given to Pharaoh Psammetico I", explained El Anany at a press conference held yesterday.
«When we were able to extract the head, we distinguished other characteristics typical of other periods that did not correspond to the Ramésida period, especially the details of the eye and the crown.
Psammetico I was pharaoh at the beginning of the Late Empire, at the time when Egypt was trying to free itself from Assyrian control. In his years of reign, he managed to expel the Assyrians from their territory and achieve independence from Egypt, in addition to eliminating the last Nubian vestiges in Upper Egypt.
The Anany concluded by commenting that "This spectacular discovery shows us that important treasures from Ancient Egypt can still be discovered."
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