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Road Workers Might Have Discovered A Giant 'Second Sphinx' In Egypt

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Road Workers Might Have Discovered A Giant 'Second Sphinx' In Egypt

Egyptian road workers think that they have possibly stumbled across the long-rumoured second sphinx.

According to local media, a huge statue with the body of a lion and a human head was discovered on Al-Kabbash Road, a road that runs between the two famous temples of Karnak and Luxor, built in about 1400BC.

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It's still buried just now, but officials have said that people can come along to visit the site if they so wish.

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So far we've not seen any photographs of the thing, but according to the Mail, the Director General of Antiquities in Egypt assures us that it is there.

The other sphinx - The Great Sphinx of Giza - is the largest and oldest monumental structure on the planet and sits by the banks of the Nile.

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The aforementioned Director General of Antiquities, Mohamed Abdel-Aziz, said that the statue is unable to be lifted just now 'due to the nature of the environment it is in'.

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He also said that no photos are to be released.

The project that led to the discovery is a road working endeavour to excavate and renovate the Al-Kabbash Road. It began back in 2005 and is due to continue until the end of the year.

It's pretty much par for the course in Egypt that these sorts of missions tend to unearth something of ancient interest.

Recently they turned up a huge black sarcophagus, and then - despite the warnings of literally everyone who has ever seen a horror film - opened it to find several corpses and a load of shitty water.

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Some people even want to drink that water, and I say let them.

The Great Sphinx of Giza stands at 65 feet tall and is 73 metres long. That's not bad going for a statue that was built back in the ancient times. It is believed to have been built by Djadefre, who was the elder brother of a guy called Khafra, who built it to honour his father, Khufu.

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The statue is thought to resemble the ancient pharaoh Khafra, although there has been some dispute about this. It's right next to the great pyramid of Giza, which is also one of Egyptian antiquity's greatest treasures.

The pyramid was the tallest structure created by humans on Earth for around 3,800 years. It is, in fact, a tomb for the aforementioned Khufu - who must have been quite some guy, given that everyone apparently wants to honour him for stuff.

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Topics: World News, News, egypt, History

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