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Unique Egyptian Sphinx Unearthed in North Israel
France 24 ^ | 09 July 2013 | AFP Staff

Posted on 07/09/2013 4:23:44 PM PDT by Flotsam_Jetsome

Part of an ancient Egyptian king's unique sphinx was unveiled at a dig in northern Israel on Tuesday, with researchers struggling to understand just how the unexpected find ended up there.

The broken granite sphinx statue -- including the paws and some of the mythical creature's forearms -- displayed at Tel Hazor archaeological site in Israel's Galilee, is the first such find in the region.

Its discovery also marks the first time ever that researchers have found a statue dedicated to Egyptian ruler Mycerinus who ruled circa 2,500 BC and was builder of one of the three Giza pyramids, an expert said.

"This is the only monumental Egyptian statue ever found in the Levant - today's Israel, Lebanon, Syria," Amnon Ben-Tor, an archaeology professor at the Hebrew University in charge of the Tel Hazor dig, told AFP.

"It is also the only sphinx of this particular king known, not even in Egypt was a sphinx of that particular king found."

(Excerpt) Read more at france24.com ...


TOPICS: History; Miscellaneous; Science
KEYWORDS: archaeology; canaan; catastrophism; giza; godsgravesglyphs; israel; menkaure; mycerinus; sphinx
It's interesting that the only known example of a sphinx for this king was found outside Egypt.
1 posted on 07/09/2013 4:23:44 PM PDT by Flotsam_Jetsome
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To: Flotsam_Jetsome
GGG Ping.


2 posted on 07/09/2013 4:25:21 PM PDT by Flotsam_Jetsome (No more usurpers.)
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To: SunkenCiv

GGG Ping.


3 posted on 07/09/2013 4:26:14 PM PDT by Flotsam_Jetsome (No more usurpers.)
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To: SunkenCiv

Ping


4 posted on 07/09/2013 4:26:42 PM PDT by Kenny Bunk ("Obama" The Movie. Introducing Reggie Love as "Monica.")
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To: Flotsam_Jetsome
Mr. and Mrs. Mycerinus:

5 posted on 07/09/2013 4:28:23 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: Flotsam_Jetsome

6 posted on 07/09/2013 4:29:36 PM PDT by VeniVidiVici (Obama's Enemies List - Yes, you are a crook.)
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To: BenLurkin

She’s hot. For a chick with a heart of stone.


7 posted on 07/09/2013 4:31:59 PM PDT by Flotsam_Jetsome (No more usurpers.)
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To: Flotsam_Jetsome

8 posted on 07/09/2013 4:32:40 PM PDT by Fresh Wind (The last remnants of the Old Republic have been swept away.)
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To: BenLurkin

They look like teenagers, but what is that thing on the guy’s chin?


9 posted on 07/09/2013 4:34:27 PM PDT by Eva
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To: BenLurkin

aka Menkaure

(I thought Mycerinus sounded like an odd name for an Egyptian of that period.)


10 posted on 07/09/2013 4:35:12 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: Fresh Wind

The “Obama” ME policy really sphinx!


11 posted on 07/09/2013 4:38:03 PM PDT by Flotsam_Jetsome (No more usurpers.)
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To: VeniVidiVici

In the back of my mind there was a little voice, “wait for it... Wait For IT!”

Good man!


12 posted on 07/09/2013 4:38:06 PM PDT by floralamiss ("For the sake of His sorrowful passion, have mercy on us and on the whole world.")
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To: Eva

Beard

13 posted on 07/09/2013 4:38:11 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: 75thOVI; agrace; aimhigh; Alice in Wonderland; AndrewC; aragorn; aristotleman; Avoiding_Sulla; ...

Thanks Flotsam_Jetsome. One of *those* topics, okay, not really, but kerdam!


14 posted on 07/09/2013 4:40:07 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (McCain or Romney would have been worse, if you're a dumb ass.)
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To: Eva

A “Mr. Goodbar”? A stylized beard?


15 posted on 07/09/2013 4:41:04 PM PDT by floralamiss ("For the sake of His sorrowful passion, have mercy on us and on the whole world.")
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To: StayAt HomeMother; Ernest_at_the_Beach; decimon; 1010RD; 21twelve; 24Karet; 2ndDivisionVet; ...

Thanks Flotsam_Jetsome.
The broken granite sphinx statue... displayed at Tel Hazor archaeological site in Israel's Galilee... marks the first time ever that researchers have found a statue dedicated to Egyptian ruler Mycerinus who ruled circa 2,500 BC and was builder of one of the three Giza pyramids... "This is the only monumental Egyptian statue ever found in the Levant - today's Israel, Lebanon, Syria," Amnon Ben-Tor, an archaeology professor at the Hebrew University in charge of the Tel Hazor dig, told AFP. "It is also the only sphinx of this particular king known, not even in Egypt was a sphinx of that particular king found."

16 posted on 07/09/2013 4:41:18 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (McCain or Romney would have been worse, if you're a dumb ass.)
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To: Flotsam_Jetsome

My guess is some Roman officer bought it in Egypt then was transferred to Palestine, then got tired of lugging it around and just left it.


17 posted on 07/09/2013 4:42:06 PM PDT by yarddog (Romans 8: verses 38 and 39. "For I am persuaded".)
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To: floralamiss

LOL! Glad to oblige!


18 posted on 07/09/2013 4:46:50 PM PDT by VeniVidiVici (Obama's Enemies List - Yes, you are a crook.)
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To: Eva

Because, hey, even teenagers are conscientious about their looks...

19 posted on 07/09/2013 4:47:11 PM PDT by Sirius Lee (All that is required for evil to advance is for government to do "something")
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To: Flotsam_Jetsome

She’s got her hands all over ‘King Strut.’
He musta been a ladies’ man.


20 posted on 07/09/2013 4:48:28 PM PDT by tumblindice (America's founding fathers: All armed conservatives.)
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To: VeniVidiVici

Gotta condo made-a ston-a.


21 posted on 07/09/2013 5:07:03 PM PDT by Rodamala
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To: BenLurkin

Beard.

22 posted on 07/09/2013 5:09:12 PM PDT by Flotsam_Jetsome (No more usurpers.)
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To: Flotsam_Jetsome

So true.

Definitely not a trophy wife.


23 posted on 07/09/2013 5:10:28 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: tumblindice; SunkenCiv

He bears a resemblance to Ralph Richardson.


24 posted on 07/09/2013 5:19:27 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: Flotsam_Jetsome

maybe he was a Hebrew???, or even just the son of a woman who was Hebrew??


25 posted on 07/09/2013 5:28:20 PM PDT by Wuli (qu)
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To: Wuli

hehe

2500 BC was long before Abraham, much less the sons of Jacob.


26 posted on 07/09/2013 5:35:59 PM PDT by jjotto ("Ya could look it up!")
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To: BenLurkin

And Flotsam is right. She’s kinda Jessica Biehl hot.


27 posted on 07/09/2013 5:45:18 PM PDT by tumblindice (America's founding fathers: All armed conservatives.)
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To: SunkenCiv

Cool. But, I’ve always been partial to stray cats.


28 posted on 07/09/2013 5:45:49 PM PDT by married21
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To: VeniVidiVici

Steve Martain- King Tut

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bl5dZxA-rZY


29 posted on 07/09/2013 6:17:11 PM PDT by Nachum (The Obama "List" at www.nachumlist.com)
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To: Wuli; yarddog
I like yarddog's explanation at #17.

"My guess is some Roman officer bought it in Egypt then was transferred to Palestine, then got tired of lugging it around and just left it."

30 posted on 07/09/2013 6:39:11 PM PDT by Flotsam_Jetsome (No more usurpers.)
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To: Flotsam_Jetsome
From the article:
To Ben-Tor, however, the true coveted find would be archives buried somewhere on Tel Hazor that could serve as an inventory to the ancient city's content.

"I know there are two archives," he said. "We already have 18 documents from two periods, the 17th and 14th century BC. If I found those archives, people would come running here."

What are these "archives"? Are they government accounting ledgers? Or is he talking about libraries? Or what?

It sounds like the archives from the 17th and 14th centuries BC are known about but are not yet found.

31 posted on 07/09/2013 6:41:41 PM PDT by UnwashedPeasant
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To: UnwashedPeasant
"What are these "archives"? Are they government accounting ledgers? Or is he talking about libraries? Or what?"

Sounds like vaults/libraries containing records. If they were to find those, it could expedite the discovery of other items possibly still on-site.

32 posted on 07/09/2013 6:52:14 PM PDT by Flotsam_Jetsome (No more usurpers.)
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To: Nachum
RE: Steve Martain- King Tut

Classic I had to watch it. Steve Martin was a lunatic.

33 posted on 07/09/2013 8:57:00 PM PDT by zeugma (Those of us who work for a living are outnumbered by those who vote for a living.)
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To: BenLurkin

The queen was either his mother or sister...common in Egypt then.


34 posted on 07/10/2013 9:37:20 AM PDT by eleni121 ("All Along the Watchtower" Book of Isaiah, Chapter 21, verses 5-9)
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To: Flotsam_Jetsome

“My guess is some Roman officer bought it in Egypt then was transferred to Palestine, then got tired of lugging it around and just left it.”

Or maybe

The looters who a Roman Officer bought it from, followed the officer to where the Sphinx was found, mugged him during the night, took the rest of his money, but forget to bring their camels to carry the Sphinx back so they could sell it again.


35 posted on 07/10/2013 10:43:39 AM PDT by Wuli (qu)
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To: eleni121

Yuck.


36 posted on 07/10/2013 11:57:18 AM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: Flotsam_Jetsome; SunkenCiv

I like the third alternative, that the sphinx was moved to Canaan later, during the period Egypt dominated the region.


37 posted on 07/10/2013 5:57:20 PM PDT by colorado tanker
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