The Great Sphinx in Egypt is 800,000 years-old, according to a controversial new theory.
A pair of Ukrainian researchers say the mysterious structure is far older than the accepted claim that it was built during the reign of the Pharaoh Khafre between 2558–2532 BC.
Manichev Vjacheslav I. and Alexander G. Parkhomenko say evidence of water erosion at the monuments of the Giza Plateau shows the monument was partially flooded.
In a paper, they wrote: “Extensive geological literature confirms the existence of long-lived freshwater lakes in different periods of the Quaternary from the Lower Pleistocene to the Holocene.
“These lakes were scattered over the areas bordering the Nile.”
He said: “The absolute marking of the upper large erosion cave of the sphinx corresponds to the water surface level reached in the early Pleistocene.
“The Great Egyptian Sphinx had thus already stood on the Giza plateau at this geological (historical) time.”
If true, this would greatly alter our understanding of history
However, the water erosion theory has been slammed by archaeological experts.
Zahi Hawass, former Egyptian minister of state for antiquities affairs and was asked if it was possible that a more ancient civilisation might have sculpted the Sphinx.
He told PBS: “Of course it is not possible for one reason – no single artifact, no single inscription, or pottery, or anything has been found until now, in any place to predate the Egyptian civilisation more than 5,000 years ago.”
Mystery surrounds the Sphinx, a limestone statue of a reclining sphinx – a mythical creature with the body of a lion and the head of a human.