Ancient Egyptian Sphinx Mysteriously Unearthed In Israel

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Things not where they are supposed to be? Historical strangeness via CNN:

A recent discovery of part of a 4,000-year-old Egyptian sphinx has been a most unexpected find in Tel Hazor in northern Israel.

Inexplicably buried far from Egypt, the paws of a sphinx statue, resting on its base, have been unearthed with an inscription in hieroglyphs naming King Mycerinus. The pharaoh ruled in 2500 BC and oversaw the construction of one of the three Giza pyramids.

“This is the only sphinx of this king known in the world – even in Egypt. It is also the only monumental piece of Egyptian sculpture found anywhere in the Levant,” said professor Amnon Ben-Tor, the director of the excavation, referring to the region spanning the east of the Mediterranean Sea.

Tel Hazor was the capital of the city of Canaan 4,000 years ago. The question of how the sphinx got to Tel Hazor will likely remain a mystery.

10 Comments on "Ancient Egyptian Sphinx Mysteriously Unearthed In Israel"

  1. Surely Graham Hancock will investigate?

  2. gnarlgnome | Aug 27, 2013 at 12:35 pm |

    4000 thousand years is a long time, and thus our history is lost in time, what we know isn’t perfect, and this sphinix explains that.

  3. Next Up: Ancient american skyscraper found in pakistan.

  4. AManCalledDa-da | Aug 27, 2013 at 3:19 pm |

    Photos?

  5. InfvoCuernos | Aug 27, 2013 at 3:39 pm |

    “Hey Moisha, you know what I miss most about Egypt? Building monuments.”

  6. BuzzCoastin | Aug 27, 2013 at 3:43 pm |

    > The full sphinx is estimated to have been a meter tall, weighing half a ton.

    not exactly a monumental monument
    and considering Egypt ruled that area for most of that time
    seems not that surprising to me
    the surprise would be finding some evidence of Moses

  7. Sphinxes travel by burrowing from place to place, like Bugs Bunny. This is why they’re so often found buried. This one apparently died while foraging far from home, probably during a period of domestic famine.

  8. 7thPillar | Aug 28, 2013 at 4:25 pm |

    Pssst. Ancient Egypt used to include the entire Sinai and beyond. Do your homework.

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