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Sphinx From 90-Year-Old Movie Set Unearthed in California
San Fracisco Chronicle ^ | Saturday, December 2, 2017

Posted on 12/02/2017 2:10:44 PM PST by nickcarraway

Archaeologists working in sand dunes on the central California coast have dug up an intact plaster sphinx that was part of an Egyptian movie set built more than 90 years ago for Cecil B. DeMille's epic "The Ten Commandments."

The 300-pound sphinx is the second recovered from the Guadalupe-Nipomo Dunes.

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


TOPICS: History; Local News; TV/Movies
KEYWORDS: archaeology; california; cecilbdemille; cinema; demille; film; godsgravesglyphs; guadalupe; history; hollywood; sphinx; thetencommandments
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Hollywood buried the symbol of wisdom?

In other news, being buried under sand is an effective strategy to avoiding sexual predators.


1 posted on 12/02/2017 2:10:44 PM PST by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

Boy, archaelogists are really going to be puzzled in 4000 years when they find more of this stuff.


2 posted on 12/02/2017 2:15:33 PM PST by Defiant (I may be deplorable, but I'm not getting in that basket.)
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To: SunkenCiv; blam

Ping


3 posted on 12/02/2017 2:17:53 PM PST by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway
I am big... It's the picture that got small.
4 posted on 12/02/2017 2:18:54 PM PST by nickcarraway
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To: Defiant
Pity for them [future archaeologists) that the DeMille movie didn't have the same cachet as the first Star Wars movie.

The desert sets (Tunisia?) were scavenged clean by movie fans and memorabilia sellers.

5 posted on 12/02/2017 2:20:39 PM PST by Calvin Locke
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To: nickcarraway
"Hollywood buried the symbol of wisdom? "

In myth the Sphinx was a feared and horrible creature.
If you didn't answer its riddle correctly it strangled you.

6 posted on 12/02/2017 2:21:50 PM PST by StormEye
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To: nickcarraway

“I’m ready for my closeup Mr. DeMille”


7 posted on 12/02/2017 2:29:13 PM PST by sportutegrl
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To: StormEye
Image result for "cecil b
demille" movies
8 posted on 12/02/2017 2:30:02 PM PST by sparklite2 (I hereby designate the ongoing kerfuffle Diddle-Gate.)
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To: nickcarraway

90 years? The Ten Commandments was released in 1956.


9 posted on 12/02/2017 2:32:12 PM PST by Ken H (Best election ever!)
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To: nickcarraway

This isn’t new. People have written and known about that movie set in the desert for decades.


10 posted on 12/02/2017 2:34:02 PM PST by Captain Peter Blood
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11 posted on 12/02/2017 2:34:52 PM PST by ClearCase_guy (Benedict McCain is the worst traitor ever to wear the uniform of the US military.)
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To: Ken H

90 years? The Ten Commandments was released in 1956.

The 1923 version.

12 posted on 12/02/2017 2:35:16 PM PST by BlessedBeGod (To restore all things in Christ~~Appeasing evil is cowardice~~Francis is temporary. Hell is forever.)
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To: Ken H

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Ten_Commandments_(1923_film)


13 posted on 12/02/2017 2:35:26 PM PST by iowamark
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To: Ken H

“ The Ten Commandments was released in 1956”

He was a Producer on the 1923 version.

L


14 posted on 12/02/2017 2:36:20 PM PST by Lurker (President Trump isn't our last chance. President Trump is THEIR last chance.)
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To: nickcarraway

I had to turn it sideways, but I’m pretty sure it’s Angelina Jolie.
Is she missing?


15 posted on 12/02/2017 2:36:31 PM PST by GnuThere
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To: Ken H

Thew 1923 silent version.


16 posted on 12/02/2017 2:36:31 PM PST by nickcarraway
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To: Ken H

DeMille made an earlier version in 1923.

WIKI—The Exodus scenes were filmed at the Guadalupe-Nipomo Dunes in northern Santa Barbara County.The film location was originally chosen because its immense sand dunes provided a superficial resemblance to the Egyptian desert.

Rumor had it that after the filming was complete, the massive sets – which included four 35-foot-tall (11 m) Pharaoh statues, 21 sphinxes, and gates reaching a height of 110 feet, which were built by a small army of 1,600 workers – were dynamited and buried in the sand.

Instead, the wind, rain and sand at the Guadalupe-Nipomo Dunes likely collapsed and buried a large part of the set under the ever-shifting dunes.

The statues and sphinxes are in roughly the same place they were during filming. In 2012, archaeologists uncovered the head of one of the prop sphinxes; a 2014 recovery effort showed the body of that sphinx to have deteriorated significantly, but a second better-preserved sphinx was discovered and excavated.


17 posted on 12/02/2017 2:36:58 PM PST by Liz (Liberals are incapable of governing or practicing journalism in a normal American way.)
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To: Ken H
De Mille made a silent version in the 1920’s. He also has the distinction of making the same movie three times. It was “The Squaw Man” , made in about 1914, again the in the 1920’s and fianlly in the early 1930’s as a talking film.
18 posted on 12/02/2017 2:37:10 PM PST by Captain Peter Blood
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To: nickcarraway

Why even bother with it? I used to live next to a gravel pit that was once a cow pasture, which was an old landfill before that. We found all kinds of stuff in there that had to be old but nothing you wouldn’t throw into the lake that was created by the digging of the gravel pit. The bass we caught in that lake were better finds than anything else.


19 posted on 12/02/2017 2:37:38 PM PST by equaviator (There's nothing like the universe to bring you down to earth.)
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To: nickcarraway

The Sphinx has knockers?


20 posted on 12/02/2017 2:37:53 PM PST by Nachoman (Following victory, its best to reload.)
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