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EGYPTE – Heliopolis - Archaeologists from Egypt and Germany have found a massive eight-metre statue submerged in ground water in a Cairo slum that they say probably depicts revered Pharaoh Ramses II, who ruled Egypt more than 3,000 years ago. The discovery, hailed by the Antiquities Ministry as one of the most important ever, was made near the ruins of Ramses II's temple in the ancient city of Heliopolis, located in the eastern part of modern-day Cairo. "Last Tuesday they called me to announce the big discovery of a colossus of a king, most probably Ramses II, made out of quartzite," Antiquities Minister Khaled al-Anani told Reuters on Thursday at the site of the statue's unveiling."We found the bust of the statue and the lower part of the head and now we removed the head and we found the crown and the right ear and a fragment of the right eye," Anani said. The sun temple in Heliopolis was founded by Ramses II, lending weight to the likelihood the statue is of him, archaeologists say. It was one of the largest temples in Egypt, almost double the size of Luxor's Karnak, but was destroyed in Greco-Roman times. Many of its obelisks were moved to Alexandria or to Europe and stones from the site were looted and used for building as Cairo developed.
INDE – - Based on a DNA analysis of a fossilised eggshell fragment of ostrich, Indian researchers have for the first time found molecular evidence to confirm the presence of these birds in India more than 25,000 years ago. Scientists found 92% genetic similarity between the fossil eggshell samples and Struthio camelus, an ostrich species found in Africa. The results were published in the journal PLOS ONE. Eggshell fragments of ostrich discovered from India before have been studied using morphological features, which is insufficient to confirm the existence of ostrich in India. This is the first time that molecular evidence indicating their presence in India has been obtained. Eleven fossilised eggshell samples from eight archaeological sites in Rajasthan, Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh were studied.
ISRAEL – Nazareth - The house where Jesus may have grow up has been uncovered in Nazareth. Archaeologist Dr Ken Dark claims that the property, which was first discovered in the 1880s, could well be the place where Jesus spent his childhood. It was only in 2006 that the building was dated to the 1st century and recent work has led Dark to say there is 'no good reason' why the limestone building isn't the place Jesus was raised. It's located very close to the Church of the Annunciation, the place which is traditionally associated with the announcement of the birth of Jesus to Mary.Dark wrote that one of the main reasons for thinking this was a significant building is that it had been incorporated into churches which had previously been build on the site. 'Great efforts had been made to encompass the remains of this building within the vaulted cellars of both the Byzantine and Crusader churches, so that it was thereafter protected,' he said in the Biblical Archaeological Review.