A SECOND Sphinx said to date from Ancient Egyptian times has been unearthed by workmen digging up a road near the Valley of the Kings.
The roadworks between the ancient temples of Karnak and Luxor have been halted after a large statue was discovered featuring a “lion’s body and a human head”.
Ministry of Antiquites Workmen made the discovery a few miles from the Valley of the Kings
The relic could date as far back as 2500 BC and the reign of Pharoah Kafre.
The Director General of Antiquities Mohamed Abel Aziz said the statue was still in the ground and was embedded in the soil but there are plans to excavate it but this could take some time.
However the excavation could take some time due to the age of the statue and the chances of damaging it after thousands of years.
Ministry of Antiquites The statue is said to have the body of a lion and a human head
Getty – Contributor The Great Sphinx at Giza stands 66ft tall What do the Sphinx represent?
A sphinx is a mythical creature usually depicted in Egypt as having a human head with the body of a lion.
Egyptian sphinxes are usually depicted as male but Greek ones are often female.
The Egyptian ones are seen as benevolent, but possessing incredible strength, and seen as guardians and can often be seen outside the entrance to temples.
The oldest known sphinx though was found near Gobekli Tepe in Turkey and is believed to date to 9,500 BC.
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