A new sphinx uncovered in Aswan - Ancient Egypt - Heritage

Egyptian archaeological mission stumbled upon a sandstone statue of a Sphinx during excavation work

Egyptian archaeological mission stumbled upon a sandstone statue of a Sphinx during excavation work

Egypt says archaeologists have discovered a statue of a human head and a lion's body in the southern city of Aswan.

The 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.

Abdel Moneim Saeed, general director of the Aswan and Nubia antiquities council said that the mission will conduct more archaeological studies on the Sphinx to discover more information about its history and the king it belongs to. The piece contains 29 lines of hieroglyphic writing.

The other featured the image of Ptolemy V holding a whip in one hand and a prisoner in the other, as well as 29 lines of hieroglyphic writing and 33 lines of Demotic writing.

The sphinx
The sphinx

The Ptolemaic Dynasty ruled Egypt for some 300 years - from around 320 BCE to about 30 BCE.

All of the discoveries were made during the mission's $9 million project to reduce groundwater in the Temple of Kom Ombo.

The governor of Aswan is co-operating with numerous local and global entities in order to convert Aswan into a modernized touristic hub.

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