Statue of Ramses's wife discovered near Cairo
Egypt, Local, 1/4/2003
A 100-tonne statue of a wife of pharaoh Ramses II, was discovered near Cairo, Egypt's Culture Minister Faruq Hosni told reporters Thursday.
The three-meter (ten-feet) rose granite statue "is believed to belong either to queen Merit Amen or queen Nefertary," both wives of Ramses II who reigned in Egypt from 1304 to 1237 BC, he said.
"It is the biggest ever found in northern Egypt," he added.
The discovery was made by an Egyptian-German team at the archaeological site of Tell Basta, 100 kilometers (62 miles) to the north of Cairo.
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