Head of Ramses II. Cairo, Egypt
Photographer: Roger Wood
Ramses II reigned during the 19th dynasty of the New
Kingdom (1550-1070 B.C.), a period of great pyramid
building. He oversaw the building of the temples of
Karnak and Abu Simbal. Examination of his body suggests
he was probably in his eighties when he died. He was
buried at Deir el Bahri.