CAIRO Ė An Egyptian-German archaeological team discovered parts of a statue of Psamtik I, founder of Egyptís dynasty XXVI, in the Suq al-Khamis area of Cairoís Matariya neighborhood, site of the ancient Egyptian city of Heliopolis, the Antiquities Ministry said on Monday.
The team found fragments of the lower part of the statue that carried the name of Psamtik I (654-525 BC) on the back, allowing the archaeologists to identify the statue after the top section was discovered in March in the same area, the ministry said.
Egyptian Antiquities Department chief Ayman Ashmawi said that archaeologists have discovered a total of 1,920 quartzite pieces of the statue so far and expect to find at least 2,000 more fragments in the next dig.
The head of the team, German Egyptologist Dietrich Raue, said archaeologists had also found pieces of granite belonging to a statue of Ramses II, pharaoh of dynasty XIX and one of the most famous rulers of Ancient Egypt, as well as a small statue from dynasty XXX.
The newly discovered pieces were all transferred under tight security to the Great Egyptian Museum, which is expected to open next year, the ministry said.