Archaeologists Find 3,000-Year-Old Ceremonial Room Belonging To Ramses II

An Egyptian archaeological mission has discovered in a neighborhood east of Cairo a ceremonial room which dates back at least 3,000 years, belonging to Pharaoh Ramses II. 

Experts say the ceremonial room is extremely well preserved.

Ramses II was the third pharaoh of the XIX Dynasty of Egypt, and governed about 66 years, from 1279 BC to 1213 BC.

Image Credit: Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities.

Ramses II is one of the most famous pharaohs to ever rule over Egypt, mostly thanks to a large number of vestiges that remain of his long reign. He is credited with expanding ancient Egypt’s borders to modern-day Syria and Sudan.

Egyptologist Mamdouh al Damaty explained that within the ceremonial room, the Pharaoh sat on a massive throne, placed in a special position at an elevated location.

The archaeologist said the structure was probably used in celebrations and for public gatherings.

Archaeological excavations, carried out in the Matariya neighborhood, experts also discovered the remains of a brick wall, clay pots and stone tablets with hieroglyphics and inscriptions, the Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities reported.

The discovery has special meaning mostly because the ceremonial room is connected to Ramses II.