The largest and most well-known sphinx in the world is the one at Giza, Egypt. Southeast of the Giza pyramids is where you’ll find the Great Sphinx. Egyptologists continue to disagree over when it was built.
Some claim that it was constructed between 2600 and 2500 BCE under the pharaoh Khafre’s command. Others think it is ancient and predates the rule of pharaoh Khafre. It was allegedly erected between 10,000 and 5,000 BCE.
The Great Sphinx of Giza is surrounded by a lot of mystery. Archaeologists are still searching for answers as of this writing since more old history is still being hidden beneath the Giza Plateau’s sands.
The Disappeared Culture
The excavation began in 1935, and the startling discoveries included the “Secret Metropolis,” an ancient Egyptian city that was once believed to be 4000 years old.
But it wasn’t quite as good as it actually was. Due to this, Egyptologists at the time concentrated on queens’ tombs and burial holes that had descended far below the surface to serve as tombs for the dead sometime during the 24th Dynasty, which lasted from as late as 732 BC to 716 BC.
It begs the question, why didn’t this amazing find of an entire, 4,000-year-old subterranean metropolis reach the news? How did it escape detection? Evidently, Egyptologists at the time thought it was impossible to dig farther into the chambers beneath the Sphinx because they were either closed off or filled with water. So, they essentially let it go.
The Head’s Mysteries
The first time a hole in the top of the Sphinx’s head was seen was in 1798. Then, in 1920, the aperture was verified using a hot air balloon aerial photograph of the Sphinx.
The Sphinx’s body is composed of one substance, while its head is made of another. Although it is difficult to tell because to erosion, it is thought to be a combination of materials.
A quick glance at the mythological creature reveals that the torso is a brighter shade than the head, which contrasts with the smooth edges of the headpiece.
In The Revelation
The job of revealing what has been hidden beneath the Sphinx for all these years and eventually solving all its secrets has been set before several contemporary Egyptologists. However, some scientists wish to keep it a secret.
Expert on ancient Egypt Zahi Hawass claims that the area surrounding the Sphinx has no secrets. But despite the fact that several fresh discoveries contradict what is now considered to be true, many people disagree and claim that he wishes to maintain the accepted view of ancient Egyptian history.