In brief: Egyptian workers have come across an underground sphinx statue during roadworks in the Upper Egyptian city of Luxor, reports the news agency Youm7, citing the head of the Antiquities Department Mohammed Abdel Asis.
Another extremely interesting discovery has been made in Egypt.
During the repair of a road in the Egyptian city of Luxor, construction workers discovered what seems to be a completely new statue of a Sphinx located beneath the surface, said the head of the Antiquities Department, Mohamed Abdel Aziz. According to Youm7, the road beneath which the Sphinx statue was discovered connects the Karnak and Luxor temples.
While still little to no information regarding the discovery is available, the officials explained that the statute is located beneath the surface, and has the shape of a lion and the head of a human, appearing to be similar in design to the Great Sphinx of Giza.
However, the newly found Sphinx won’t see light anytime soon.
As noted by the experts, excavation works won’t be done in a hurry, in order to prevent any possible damage to the ancient statue. All necessary precautions to preserve the statue located beneath the surface will be taken by archaeologists.
The Great Sphinx of Giza is considered an ancient marvel not only because of its size and confusing design but because of the countless mysteries that surround this ancient structure.
Together with the three pyramids, the Great Sphinx found on the plateau of Giza – about 500 km from the place where the new statue was found – is one of the most emblematic monuments of Egypt.
It is also one of the most controversial ones out there, since both the age of the Sphinx, as well as its mysterious shape, and its human head have been the subject of intense debates between experts for decades.
The Great Sphinx of Giza was curiously also discovered almost completely buried beneath the sand.
It was in 1817 when the first modern archaeological dig, led by Giovanni Battista Caviglia managed to uncover the Sphinx’s chest completely.
This ancient monument has captured the imagination of not only archaeologists but scientists and tourists who have visited this ancient statue since time immemorial.