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Did You Know How Old the Sphinx is?


Great Sphinx


For years, Egyptologists and archaeologists have thought the Great Sphinx of Giza to be about 4,500 years old, dating to around 2500 B.C. However, some recent studies have suggested that the Sphinx was built as long ago as 7000 B.C.

The relatively new theory is based on what is thought to be “precipitation-induced weathering” on the upper areas of the Sphinx. Archaeologists supporting this view contend that the last time there was sufficient precipitation in the region to cause this pattern of rainfall erosion on limestone was around 9,000 years ago, 7000 B.C.

More traditional Egyptologists reject this view for several reasons. First, a Sphinx built earlier than 7000 B.C. would upset our understanding of ancient civilization, as there is no evidence of an Egyptian civilization this old.

Also, the new theory focuses only on a specific type of erosion and ignores other evidence that would support an age of 4,500 years. Among these: The Sphinx is a rapidly weathering structure, appearing older than it is; subsurface water drainage or Nile flooding could have produced the pattern of erosion; and the Sphinx is believed to resemble Khafre, the pharaoh who built one of the nearby pyramids of Giza. He lived circa 2603-2578 B.C.

It’s exciting to contemplate the existence of an unknown civilization that predates the ancient Egyptians, but most archaeologists and geologists still favor the traditional view that the Sphinx is about 4,500 years old.


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New Facts about Ancient Egyptian Mummies, “Mummy Beautification” !

It is a known fact that the process of beautification is an important part of the ancient Egyptian mummification process. To prepare for their afterlife, they decked up in beautiful garments and jewels.

However, a study by archaeologists at the KNH Centre for Biomedical Egyptology at the University of Manchester, UK has suggested new facts that might lead the term “mummy beautification” to a whole new level.

Studying hair samples from a total of 18 mummies, both males and females between the age of 4-58 years, the researchers found that their hair was styled using a “fat-based” gel.

The research published in the recent edition of the journal Nature, reveals that the researchers found the hair of the mummies coated with “mysterious” gel-like substance. Upon further investigation using gas chromatography-mass spectrometry, they found that the coating contained biological long-chain fatty acids, including palmitic acid and stearic acid.

“May be they paid special attention to the hair because they realized that it didn’t degrade as much as the rest of the body,” Nature Natalie McCreesh from the KNH Centre for Biomedical Egyptology stating.

However, it was found that the embalming materials used during the process of mummification were not found in the hair samples. This indicated that the hair was protected during embalming and then styled separately.

Edited By : IBTimes Staff Reporter
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