Archaeologists reassemble Ramses II statue in Egypt’s Sohag

Ramses II was the third pharaoh of the Nineteenth Dynasty of Egypt and was considered the strongest pharaoh of the New Kingdom. (Reuters pic)

Egyptian archaeologists have pieced on 70 fragments to revive a large statue of Ramses II in upper Egypt’s province of Sohag, on Friday, China’s Xinhua News Agency reported.

Ramses II was the third pharaoh of the Nineteenth Dynasty of Egypt and was considered the strongest pharaoh of the New Kingdom that spans from the 16th century BC to the 11th century BC.

“The restoration work took six months from the Egyptian conservators and restorers,” Secretary-General of the Supreme Council of Antiquities Mostafa Waziri said, noting that “it was a miracle to finish revival of the 12-metre high and 43-tonne weight statue in short period.”

Egypt’s Minister of Antiquities, Khaled al-Anany, hoped that revealing the statue along with a tomb discovered in the city of Akhmim will attract more tourists to the Sohag region, about 390 km south of Cairo.

Kholod Hussein, a restoration specialist at Akhmim site, said: “The statute fragments have been scattered in the site for long years.”

“I have never imagined those tiny pieces would be brought collectively in one bloc,” Hussein told Xinhua.