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Second Sphinx possibly discovered in Egypt

Posted on Sunday, 12 August, 2018 | Comment icon 31 comments

Could there really be more than one Sphinx ? Image Credit: CC BY-SA 4.0 Mohamad Kassem
Construction workers have unearthed what is thought to be a second Sphinx near the Valley of the Kings.
With the body of a lion and the head of a human, the Sphinx has long been one of ancient Egypt's most unique and universally recognisable monuments.

Now a statue that archaeologists believe could actually be a second Sphinx has been discovered beneath a road that was being constructed between the Nile-side temples of Karnak and Luxor.

Dating back up to 4,000 years, the statue is currently still mostly buried in the ground and no photographs have emerged, however tourists are reportedly welcome to visit the site.

According to Mohamed Abel Aziz, director general of Luxor antiquities, there are no immediate plans to extract the statue from the ground "due to the nature of the environment it is in."

Construction work at the site however has been halted while the find is being investigated.

If the statue really is a second Sphinx, it could turn out to be quite an important discovery.

Source: Independent | Comments (31)

Tags: Sphinx, Egypt

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #22 Posted by kmt_sesh on 13 August, 2018, 0:09
Yeah, I call BS on this. At a date of 4,000 years ago the Theban are was an unimportant backwater. It held no importance to the early state. I did some searching and can't find any credible informaition—just scant details on highly questionable websites. And why are the few available pictures so useless? This can be summed up as follows: nourishment for the fringe.
Comment icon #23 Posted by kmt_sesh on 13 August, 2018, 0:09
You're evil. Evil, I say!
Comment icon #24 Posted by jaylemurph on 13 August, 2018, 0:59
Fair point! I imagine it was over-compensation after their massive failure with the Pyramids: “Well, we’ve ruined things with the dogs; might as well cleave to the felines.” ...and so they slipped into the darkness of error.  —Jaylemurph 
Comment icon #25 Posted by Harte on 13 August, 2018, 1:13
I say he be vitrified! It's only logistical. Harte
Comment icon #26 Posted by kmt_sesh on 13 August, 2018, 2:40
So be it! The sentence is to be carried out immediately. This court if adjourned.
Comment icon #27 Posted by onlookerofmayhem on 13 August, 2018, 3:14
So it seems that A sphinx was found... Okay. Why does the author refer to it as a second one? There are obviously many. I would have thought second would be a little more comparable to the Sphix at giza. 
Comment icon #28 Posted by Gaden on 13 August, 2018, 12:46
 Now, that's funny, not many will get it, but it is funny.  
Comment icon #29 Posted by RoofGardener on 13 August, 2018, 15:20
I don't get it  
Comment icon #30 Posted by The Wistman on 13 August, 2018, 16:10
The Egyptians are desperate to get tourism going in a big way again, and the (very) hot summer will end soon, ushering in the 'season'.  Thus the overwrought reportage.  This find is really pedestrian, so they must be nervous to stay on the front pages.
Comment icon #31 Posted by pallidin on 13 August, 2018, 20:29
Wow. Interesting. Looking forward to the verified findings.

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