A SECOND Sphinx said to date from Ancient Egyptian times has been unearthed by workmen digging up a road near the Valley of the Kings.
The roadworks between the ancient temples of Karnak and Luxor have been halted after a large statue was discovered featuring a “lion’s body and a human head”.
The relic could date as far back as 2500 BC and the reign of Pharoah Kafre.
The Director General of Antiquities Mohamed Abel Aziz said the statue was still in the ground and was embedded in the soil but there are plans to excavate it but this could take some time.
However the excavation could take some time due to the age of the statue and the chances of damaging it after thousands of years.
What do the Sphinx represent?
A sphinx is a mythical creature usually depicted in Egypt as having a human head with the body of a lion.
Egyptian sphinxes are usually depicted as male but Greek ones are often female.
The Egyptian ones are seen as benevolent, but possessing incredible strength, and seen as guardians and can often be seen outside the entrance to temples.
The oldest known sphinx though was found near Gobekli Tepe in Turkey and is believed to date to 9,500 BC.
Khaled al Anani, the national heritage chief, encouraged people to go and visit the site to see the new discovery.
Mr Abel Aziz confirmed the new find had similarities to the “classical” Great Sphinx of Giza which stands 66ft tall in front of the Great Pyramids.