The Sphinx of Giza, which is 73 meters long, 19 meters broad, and 20 meters high, was carved out of a single piece of limestone and is the world’s biggest with these features. Although the Sphinx is presently a shade of sand, there are signs that it was colored in the past.
Pharaoh Twemes IV, according to a stone plate found between its paws, heard the Sphinx’s speech in a dream circa 1400 BC. He’d make a terrific king if he unearthed her, she informed him.
This was the first effort to entirely uncover the Sphinx’s body, but Pharaoh was only able to dig up his paws. Between 1925 and 1936, a massive operation removed all of the sand that had covered the sphinx’s body.
The Sphinx was erected between 2558 and 2532 BC, according to traditional archaeologists, but many independent scholars believe the massive limestone figure is considerably older than archaeologists and Egyptologists state.
John Anthony West shocked the scholarly community in 1992 when he claimed the Sphinx was carved 10,000 years before Egypt became a desert. Academics, according to West and other scholars, have overlooked a vital detail: the sculpture’s body displays obvious signs of water erosion.
After determining the age of the Sphinx, West discovered other experts who agreed with his observations concerning the finding of a tale that contradicted popular belief.
West’s quest inspired geology professor Robert Schoch of Boston University to perform groundbreaking study into the origins of not only the Sphinx, but the whole area, as well as the ramifications for humanity’s origins.
Schoch describes his first interaction with the number in the 1990s, when he recognized there was a discrepancy between academically accepted date and what the facts revealed. Schoch discovered that the Sphinx had withstood very humid climatic conditions, which contrasted with the Sahara Desert’s current dry circumstances.
Professor Schoch came to the conclusion that academics overlooked signs of erosion caused by heavy floods that were unusual on the Egyptian plateau 5,000 years ago, but could have occurred between 10,000 and 12,000 years ago during the end of the last Ice Age, causing the flood and rising ocean levels worldwide. This was a thrilling discovery for Schoch, but it was met with suspicion and denial by mainstream science.
Graham Hancock, a researcher, also discusses the Sphinx’s age, pointing out that the statue looks to have been exposed to roughly a thousand years of severe rains, something that did not happen in that location during the period of the pharaohs, or for thousands of years previously. Hancock estimates that the Sphinx was built at least 12,500 years ago.
What is the Sphinx’s True Age?
“Large bodies of water partially flooded the monument of the Sphinx, creating cavities cut into waves on its vertical walls,” according to researchers Manichev Vjacheslav of the Institute of Environmental Geochemistry of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine and Alexander G. Parkhomenko of the Institute of Geography of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine.
The water level of the early Pleistocene era correlates to an erosion mark seen in a big hollow of the Sphinx. Geologists deduced from this evidence that the statue was already on the Giza plateau at the time.
A natural process, according to Manichev and Parkhomenko, might explain the Sphinx’s ripples and strange features: the effect of waves on rocks. This process results in rock wear, which can be seen in these cavities in the Sphinx, leading Ukrainian experts to believe that the monument was harmed by immersion in enormous pools of water rather than the Nile’s annual floods.
Manichev and Parkhomenko are sure that the rear of Egypt’s Sphinx has been buried for a long period beneath water, and they use current geological studies of the Giza Plateau to back up their claim. According to these research, seawater invaded the Nile valley during the end of the Geological Pliocene era, between 5.2 and 1.6 million years ago, causing massive flooding in the area.
Surprisingly, this fact provided proof that the Sphinx might be up to 800,000 years old, dating from the time when the Mediterranean Sea reached southern Egypt and passed over the Giza Plateau, explaining the Sphinx’s unique erosion lines made by seawater impacting it over thousands of years.
Some may argue that Manichev and Parkhomenko’s idea is too far-fetched since it places the Sphinx in an epoch when, by current evolutionary criteria, there were no modern humans. Author and scholar Andrew Collins believes that, while the rock formation may have been eroded by the Mediterranean Sea, the royal figure was carved at a much later time. In other words, the granite is old, but the statue is newer and hard to date using modern techniques.
According to Egyptian engineer Robert Bauval, there are no inscriptions carved on a wall or stele in the Sphinx, and no papyri that link the statue to the pharaohs of ancient Egypt to clarify why and who constructed the huge monument.
The Sphinx continues to be rebuilt from repeated erosion and remains a fascinating and intriguing monument of the ancient past, but it appears that conventional Egyptologists are adamant in their refusal to reconsider this historical item, fearing that doing so would entail rewriting world history.