An infrastructure project in Egypt has come to a halt after workers doing construction on a road came across a second ancient Egyptian Sphinx.
Statue Has a Human Body with Lions Head
Mohamed Abel Aziz, the Director General of Antiquities, said the construction workers had come across a statue of a “lion’s body with a human head”. However, due to the nature of the environment in which the statue was found, it is yet to be evacuated above the ground, so it remains in the ground. Khaled al Anani, the national heritage chief said that people are more welcome to visit the region where the sphinx was found.
The complex of Luxor and Karnak temples are in the ancient city of Thebes. The temples are from 1400 BCE. Excavations of the Luxor temple began in 1884 when archaeologists found many discoveries said to be significant. The excavation of the site continued until 1960.
Ancient Egyptians Regard the Sphinx as Symbol of Royalty
The ancient Egyptians thought the Sphinx to be a symbol of royalty. They said pharaohs of the time would have their heads carved into stone then placed on their tombs. This was said to be as a way of marking relationships with Sekhmet, the solar deity, which was a lioness. The most famous along with most visited of all sphinx is the one at Giza, close to the Great Pyramids.
Giza Sphinx May Be Entry to a Hidden Labyrinth of Tunnels
People have always been fascinated by the pyramids, along with the Sphinx of Egypt. In late 2017, historians made the claim that the Sphinx in Giza might conceal an entrance to a secret underground city. Many believe it sits on top of a labyrinth of tunnels along with passages leading to a huge underground metropolis, which the authorities in Egypt have covered up.