Ar­chae­ol­o­gists dis­cover an­cient sphinx in Egypt

Iran Daily - - Art & Culture -

Egypt said ar­chae­ol­o­gists dis­cov­ered a statue of a lion’s body and a hu­man head in the south­ern city of Aswan.

The Egyp­tian An­tiq­ui­ties Min­istry said on Sun­day the sphinx made of sand­stone was found in the Tem­ple of Kom Ombo dur­ing work to pro­tect the site from ground­wa­ter, AP wrote.

Mostafa Waziri, the sec­re­tary gen­eral of the Supreme Coun­cil of An­tiq­ui­ties, said the statue prob­a­bly dates back to the Ptole­maic time.

The Ptole­maic Dy­nasty ruled Egypt for some 300 years — from around 320 B.C. to about 30 B.C.

Egypt hopes such dis­cov­er­ies will spur tourism, par­tially driven by an­tiq­ui­ties sightseeing, which was hit hard by po­lit­i­cal tur­moil fol­low­ing the 2011 upris­ing.

EGYP­TIAN MIN­ISTRY OF AN­TIQ­UI­TIES This un­dated photo, re­leased by the Egyp­tian Min­istry of An­tiq­ui­ties, shows the lat­est dis­cov­ery of a statue with a lion’s body and a hu­man head, in the Tem­ple of Kom Ombo in Aswan, Egypt.

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