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>> A Cairo slum, probably not the first place you'd look to find ancient relics. But on Thursday, this was the scene of one of Egypt's most important ever archaeological discoveries. Locals looking on as a forklift extracted this eight metre statue submerged in groundwater. If archaeologists are right, the separate pieces depict Ramssess The Great, the most powerful and celebrated Pharoah of Ancient Egypt living and ruling 3000 years ago, and known by his successors as the Great Ancestor.
It's in this part of modern day Cairo that his temple stood in the ancient city of Heliopolis. Before restoring it, experts will have to dig up the remaining pieces. If it is Ramesses, the discovery could be a boost for Egypt's ailing tourism industry, which has suffered repeated setbacks since the uprising that toppled autocrat Hosni Mubarak in 2011.
Many here hope a discovery like this, could bring back travelers and their foreign currency. Three millenia after he died, Ramesses may still have things to do for his country.