Please give some reference that would indicate that this claim you make here might be correct. Or am I reading this wrong? Do you mean that Hawass is incorrect, or the Schoch is?
Is this a straw man argument? That is, it is absolutely certain that every geologist agrees that erosion has occurred on the sphinx monument. However, do you know of any actual geologist that agrees with Schoch's theory that the sphinx was carved in 7,000 BC or earlier? If so, please tell us who it is. I'd certainly like to see their reasoning, since I'm not at all conviced by Schoch.
Hawass is certainly agressive in this way. He is quite vigorous in defending the (general) mainstream view that Egyptian monuments date to around 2700 BC at the earliest. This is (mostly) because of the aggressive and vigorous way that the various pseudohistorians have distorted a the facts and spread disinformation about ancient Egypt in blatant attempts to garner some quick cash by relying on a lazy readership and a general willingness the public has to believe (or want to believe) in conspiracies, "mysteries" and other general clap trap. It is also because there is absolutely no evidence at all that would indicate anything to the contrary. None. Anywhere. At all.
Probably a couple of good enough reasons there, IMO.
Pseudohistorians have, in the past, gone as far as to claim (lie, that is) that Hawass had been fired from his job for stealing Egyptian artworks from antiquity. He is called every name in the book by uninformed sheep being led by the nose by their pseudoscientific author-leaders down an idiot's road to misplaced anger and suspicion.
Also, he's Egyptian and works for the Egyptian government. As such, it's his job.
It fell, or was eroded, off. Originally Napolean (or more correctly, his men) were blamed for shooting it off. That turned out not to be the case.
There was also a beard, curled in the style of Gods (the king's beards were always depicted as straight.) The beard also fell off, but it's currently theorized that the beard was a much later addition to an already existing, and clean-shaven, monument.
The beard (well, it's pieces,) is kept at the British Museum in London.
Edited by Harte, 02 April 2007 - 04:27 PM.