The Great Sphinx of Giza is a limestone statue of a mythical creature with the body of a lion and the head of a human. It stands on the Giza Platea
The Great Sphinx of Giza is a limestone statue of a mythical creature with the body of a lion and the head of a human. It stands on the Giza Plateau on the west bank of the Nile and is said to have been built to protect the pharaoh Khufu, who many believe was buried in the pyramid behind. Archaeologists now believe the colossal sculpture could also be sitting on a huge secret.
Historian Bettany Hughes revealed during her new Channel 5 show “Egypt’s Greatest Treasures” how two chambers found underneath the statue could lead to Khufu’s unearthed treasure.
She told viewers last week: “Generations of ancient Egyptians came to respect and fear this otherworldly creature, really believing that it had supernatural powers.
“And the fascination with the Sphinx shows no sign of letting up.
“Archaeologists are investigating under the statue because there are tantalising clues that the Sphinx sits right on top of a network of chambers and tunnels.
“Usually hidden from view, a deep hole near the Sphinx’ tail is thought to be connected with a large chamber beyond.”
Dr Hughes admitted it is too early to say where the tunnels finish, but admitted it could be linked with Khufu.
She added: “There’s actually another smaller one [chamber], right at the front underneath the paws.
“The truth is, we have absolutely no idea what these were used for, but it’s a mystery that researchers are currently trying to solve.
“And some are hopeful that these hidden tunnels may lead us to new, undiscovered treasures.
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Speaking to Express.co.uk, Dr Hughes said: “It’s incredibly exciting that a sizeable void within the Great Pyramid of Giza has been found.
“There still needs to be more investigation to explore and to work out exactly what this chamber is, why it was made, what it contains.
“But it’s not impossible that this could turn out to be another burial place, maybe even a central, hidden burial space within the pyramid.
“This is why history is so dynamic and exciting, there are always new possibilities waiting to be discovered and explored.”