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Restoration and "re-lifting" statue of Ramses II

The Egyptian archaeological expedition operating in the San Al-Hajar area in Sharkia Governorate completed the restoration, assembly and re-lifting of one of the statues of King Ramses II, located in the region,

This was done within the framework of the project of the development of the San al-Hajar archaeological area, which was initiated by the Ministry in December 2017, to be transformed into an open museum of Egyptian antiquities.

The Secretary-General of the Supreme Council of Antiquities, Mustafa Waziri, said that the statue was found broken to separate parts, and was lying on the land of the temple since its discovery in the late nineteenth century.

"The statue is made of pink granite and is 6.50 meters long and weighs 30 tons," Waziri told Sky News. "It was raised on a concrete terrace with wooden boards to protect it from underground water deposits.

He confirmed that the work of restoration and lifting of the statue was carried out according to the latest scientific methods followed by a team of specialists, the same team that worked to repair and re-install and raise the statues of King Ramses II Luxor Temple.

He added that the development of the San Al-Hagar area included the construction of concrete terraces with wooden dividers to put the stone blocks of archaeological texts with hieroglyphs on it, in addition to many statues and stone paintings and plaques, as well as the columns, which were also completed the assembly and restoration and the installation of the crown column, .

It should be noted that the area of ​​San Al-Hajar was the capital of ancient Egypt during the era of the families 21 and 23, and was the seat of the burial of the kings of these families, where it played an important role in political and religious life until the Arab conquest.

Since the middle of the 19th century, the area has witnessed excavations by a number of foreign missions, which have been able to uncover many archeological temples, most notably the Temple of Amun, the Temple of Mott, the Temple of Horus and the Temple of the East.