Skip to comments.Egyptian archaeologists find sandstone sphinx in temple at Aswan
Posted on 09/16/2018 4:57:15 PM PDT by blueplum
CAIRO (Reuters) - Egyptian archaeologists draining water from a temple in the southern city of Aswan have uncovered a sandstone sphinx likely dating to the Ptolemaic era, the antiquities ministry said on Sunday.
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The abc link (below) shows the sphinx in a hole
sphinx in a hole:
“Egypt hopes such discoveries will spur tourism, partially driven by antiquities sightseeing, which was hit hard by political turmoil following the 2011 uprising.”
Radical Islam has ruined the tourism industry in places like Egypt.
AKA Obama administration fabricated arab spring.
That is incredible. Handsome man
If they ware serious about increasing tourism, they'd open the spiral ramp in the Great Pyramid.
What’s the origin of the sphinx? Mythological speaking.
The name sphinx is a transliteration of shesep-ankh, which means "living image". Beyond that, the Egyptian pantheon is made up of humanoids with animal heads or other characteristics.
You have that face on the wrong side of it
And a roller coaster like the Matterhorn.
And so well preserved.
very. And young (chubby cheeks). Almost Athenian.
Egypt hopes such discoveries will spur tourism...”
Everyone’ll show up to get their *sses shot off.
Not in this lifetime, Mohammed.
The interesting thing about this (to me) is that there’s long been speculation that the face now on the Great Sphinx isn’t the original. That it kept getting recarved into something still recognizable as the original face wore down. One of the theories was that it originally was the face of a lion, which was converted into the face of a human after the desert winds wore the muzzle too short to be a lion any more. The fact this newly discovered Sphinx has a human face isn’t proof but it would seem to be an indicator.
One of the cities considered in the PBS miniseries, “Ancient Invisible Cities” was Cairo. They did millimeter-prefect laser scans of many of the city’s more famous features, including the Great Sphinx. And they compared the digitized face of the Sphinx to the digitized faves of surviving statues of the Pharaoh Sneferu, who the face long was believed to represent, or his son, Khufu, who commissioned its creation. And their comparison of the scans showed the face of the Great Sphinx is significantly closer to Khufu than to his father. Which would mean it wasn’t created to honor the dead king but out of sheer vanity.
But of course they are presuming that the sculptors were accurate enough in the details of their statues to make the comparisons valid. And it also presumes that the “alternate face” theories are incorrect. It also presumes de Lubicz’s water erosion theory is incorrect because it requires the Great Sphinx to be much older than the accepted date, before 3100 BC, because de Lubicz claimed the pit walls surrounding the Sphinx show evidence of water erosion, and Egypt hasn’t had sufficient rainfall to cause such erosion in almost 5000 years. Which would mean Khufu couldn’t have commissioned its construction because he wouldn’t be born for several centuries yet.
The Great Sphinx is usually and for a long time now said to portray Khafre, a grandson of Sneferu. Until your post I’ve never seen any claim that Sneferu’s face is on the Great Sphinx. One current conventional Egyptologist thinks it is the image of Khufu. The late John Anthony West and the geologist Robert Schoch support de Lubicz’ observation that the body of the Sphinx (not the head) and portions of the Sphinx encolosure, plus the Sphinx and Valley Temples in front of the Sphinx, were eroded by long exposure to rainfall, and thus are much older than the 4th dynasty.
from the forbidding depths of the hard drive:
[snip] Minerva July-Aug 2000 had article containing abstracts of papers given at the Egyptian conference back in late March/early April. Check out this:The so-called Dream Stela of Tuthmosis IV does not mention that the Great Sphinx was created by Khafre (Chephren), but the older stela of Amenhotep II mentions both Khufu and Khafre. It is located within the quarries of Khufu. Since the causeway of Khafre runs slightly to the southeast, rather than straight to the east, and since his valley temple lies beyond the axis of his pyramid complex, also toward the southeast, it is suggested that it was to avoid something important that already stood there -- the Great Sphinx. The features also point to Khufu -- the square face and broad chin, the pleated nemes without a band, the wide open eyes and large ears, and the fact the statue was beardless in the Old Kingdom. -- Rainer Stadelmann, "The Great Sphinx of Giza -- A Creation of Khufu/Cheops"Another abstract on the same page (42) pertains to some of the tomb items from Tutankhamun -- these items had been made for Smenkhkare, Tut's immediate predecessor, which is difficult to explain to Christine Mahdi et al, who claim that Smenkhkare was none other than Nefertiti, on the flimsiest basis possible. Sorry, no website. In fact, the only magazine-related email address I found was on Compuserve. [/snip]
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