by Lauren Killgrove – Photo Editor
Recently, archaeologists have discovered a statue of what was believed to be Pharaoh Ramses II that measures to be 26 feet in height. However, the assumed identity of who the statue portrayed had changed as archaeologists then human beings is Phyrgian.came to the realization that the statue actually portrays none other than King Wahibre Psamtik I, or King Psammetchus I, as named by the Greeks. .
Though, only parts of the statue have been found. The only pieces that had been found and studied were the torso as well as a portion of the head. Archaeologists have calculated that the rest of the body of the statue would be about 30 feet in length. The enormous statue was discovered in Cairo, engulfed in mud. German and Egyptian archeologists have done extensive research on the statue and have estimated that it is 3,000 years old. The mix up with the identification of the statue could have very easily related to the age of it, as well as the fact that the statue was found near a temple of Ramses II.
Pharaoh Ramses II’s reign ended in 1213 B.C., making the statue around 3,200 years ago, making it a perfect fit for the statue’s age. However, King Psamtik I’s reign ended in 610 B.C., which would make the statue around 2,600 years ago, an age that is also fit for the statue to be identified as it had been. The ending factor that had influenced the agreement that King Psamtik I was the rightful portrayal was a message encrypted onto the statue that had read ‘Nebaa,’ another name for the king.
King Psamtik I reigned from 664 B.C. to 610 B.C. Psamtik I had closely worked with the Greeks as he hired Greek mercenaries who’s helped him conquer his throne and the areas he’d ruled, which gives reason to the Greek name, which is what Psamtik I is more often referred to. Psamtik I is also known for his experiment, named the Psammetichus Experiment, where he had a natural concept of speech, which concluded that the inherent language of humang beings is Phyrgian, the language of an ancient kingdom that had once thrived in the area in what is now Turkey.
The discovery of this statue is both shocking and alluring. The find was an unexpected event that can now help navigate the past of Ancient Egypt, as well as spread light to interesting history and culture of it for people to learn.