A third article will concentrate on the Great Pyramid and an update on the airshaft or star-shaft in the Queen's chamber.Halfway between the Sphinx's front paws and its curved tail, workers restoring the Egyptian Sphinx became intrigued by a patch of rocks and discovered an ancient passageway leading deep into the statue's body.Its head and bust were carved from a natural outcrop of solid limestone and the paws were built up with stone.The head of the Great Sphinx measures 19 feet from the top of the forehead to the bottom of the chin, the face is 20 feet wide, and 91 feet in circumference.During the 17th and 18th centuries, invading Marmalukes and French soldiers reportedly used the head for target practice.The second article will deal with the controversy surrounding the age of the Sphinx.Ancient tunnels run under the Valley Temple, but researchers do not know what they were used for and have not begun excavating.
From Egypt, the idea of the Sphinx spread to Syria, Phoenicia, and Greece where the sphinx assumed the head and bust of a woman, and added an eagle's wings and a long serpent's tail.
Thirdly, we drilled several four-inch boreholes on the small anomalies we did find (cracks) and inserted a downhole TV camera to inspect them. "The Pyramids and Temples of Gizeh." London: Histories and Mysteries of Man, Ltd, 1990, Appendix, p.
In "The Pyramids and Temples of Egypt: An Update, by Zahi Hawass," (in Petrie, W. 102) mentions that Waseda University in Japan, applied for a license to work on the Gizeh Plateau in 1987.
Their huge, 70-ton, monolithic blocks - as compared to those used in the pyramids (3.5 tons) - are thought to have been quarried from the Sphinx enclosure.
The Valley Temple is at the end of one of the world's oldest paved canals, a 1600-foot causeway that leads to a Mortuary Temple in front of the Pyramid of Chephren (or Khafra, the middle pyramid) - about 150 feet have been excavated so far.In Greek legend, it was the Sphinx who put forth a riddle to all passersby and devoured those who failed to guess the correct answer.