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Controversy surrounds claim that a second Sphinx has been found

By T.K. Randall
November 5, 2021 · Comment icon 11 comments

Could there really be a second Sphinx ? Image Credit: CC BY-SA 4.0 Mohamad Kassem
The claim, which has been heavily refuted, comes courtesy of a prominent Egyptian tourism official.
The Sphinx remains one of the most recognizable relics of the ancient world - a giant 20-meter tall statue with the head of a human, the body of a lion and the wings of a falcon.

Recently however, Reda Abdel Halim - who is the director of public relations for the Giza pyramids district at the Egyptian Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities - has sparked controversy and debate by claiming that archaeologists had unearthed a second Sphinx of a similar size to the first.

A Zagazig University research paper, he argues, has been published confirming the discovery.

Not everyone however agrees with his assessment, with many officials and archaeological leaders denying that anything of this nature had been found.

Famed archaeologist and former Minister of Antiquities Zahi Hawass - who would normally have been all over a discovery like this - has stated that the claim is "completely not true" and that no such research had been conducted or published by Zagazig University.
"The Sphinx is unique in Egypt and the world," he told Al-Monitor. "Any talk about discoveries of other similar statues is baseless and has only one purpose, which is creating media fanfare."

He certainly has a point - to date there has never been any evidence of another Sphinx, let alone one as large as the existing statue and situated in a region so heavily explored and excavated.

"During the many years I headed the Giza pyramids area, we worked along Egyptian and foreign experts and archeologists, scanning the entire area, and I can assure there is not another statue of the Sphinx," said Hawass.

Antiquities media adviser Nevin al-Arif has also played down the claim as "baseless."

"The statue in question was discovered a long time ago in the area and has nothing to do with the original Sphinx," she said. "It is nothing but a normal statue."

As things stand, however, Halim remains adament that what he is saying is true.

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Comment icon #2 Posted by jethrofloyd 3 years ago
There were a similar story like this in 2018. Egyptian archaeologists find sphinx at Aswan temple:
Comment icon #3 Posted by OverSword 3 years ago
And no photograph 
Comment icon #4 Posted by Tom1200 3 years ago
Wot about my brilliant theory that the Sphinx is actually double-headed, but it's always edited in photos?  It's the only way of telling apart people who pretend to have seen it from those of us who actually have been there.1 1 I was there in a previous life and actually I helped build it.  We used geysers.  No ramps required.
Comment icon #5 Posted by Wepwawet 3 years ago
"No photograph" Fixed. Hermione posted this link on HoM This is one of the images, and it can be seen that there is a superficial resemblance. The monument for Khentkawes is to the left
Comment icon #6 Posted by Abramelin 3 years ago
Comment icon #7 Posted by MissJatti 3 years ago
would have been a wonderful discovery
Comment icon #8 Posted by razman 3 years ago
Looks like a " Yardang " , which i believe the Sphinx was originally carved from. Could be why Dr Anthony West found geological signs that it is much older than has been said.
Comment icon #9 Posted by Jon the frog 3 years ago
 This Yardang is in Argentina.
Comment icon #10 Posted by razman 3 years ago
Thats what i mean , some of them take that natural look, i would say it's a possibility that it at least inspired their idea if not actually carved and worked from an actual yardang. When anthony west looked at it and said it was much older, then it's possible that some parts could be from an original yardang , although i am not sure if the whole Sphinx is covered with stone or not. Is the Sphinx said to be there before the Pyramids and other structures or after?
Comment icon #11 Posted by Gomar 3 years ago
This claim sounds phoney bologna.  Fishy.

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