A general view shows the statue belonging to King Psamtik I, outside the Egyptian museum in Cairo on March 16, 2017, following it's discovery by a team of German-Egyptian archeologists in Cairo's Mattarya district. / AFP / KHALED DESOUKI
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A massive statue recently unearthed in Cairo and thought to depict one of the country's most famous pharaohs may be of another ancient Egyptian ruler, the country's antiquities minister said Thursday.The statue was thought to be of Ramses II, who ruled Egypt more than 3,000 years ago.Psamtek I, credited for bringing stability to Egypt after years of turmoil, ruled some 600 years after Ramses II and sat on Egypt's throne for about 50 years. Ramses II, also known as Ramses the Great, ruled for around 60 years.The discovery of the quartzite statue has offered a piece of welcome news at a time when most of Egypt's 92 million people are struggling to make ends meet amid an economic crisis.
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