A second Egyptian Sphinx may have been discovered by builders carrying out improvement works on the main street of the city of Luxor, officials say. The statue – which is said to have a body of a lion and a human head – was discovered between the two famous Karnak and Luxor temples on the eastern bank of the Nile.
The spot is about 9.5 kilometers from the Valley of the Kings, the site of the ancient Pharaohs of Egypt. If the discovery is genuine, it can be reduced to 2500 BC, that is, over 4,000 years. The statue has not yet been pulled from the ground, nor have photographs published, but according to officials tourists can visit the site to see the find.
Mohamed Abel Aziz, general manager of the Antiquities of Luxor, said the find would remain in the ground for some time “due to the nature of the environment in which it is located,” according to Egypt Today magazine. He added that the excavation and upgrading of the existing Al-Kabbas road, between the two temples, ceased while decisions were made for the Sphinx.
With a lion’s body and human head, the Great Sphinx of Giza, which dominates next to the Great Pyramid, is 73 meters long and 20 meters high. It dates back to 2500 BC. and probably built to resemble Pharaoh’s Heaven, historians believe. However, for a long time there is a belief that other such sphinxes may exist to honor other Pharaohs.