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Sphinx from Egypt discovered in Israel for the first time

By Mason White 5:14 PM July 10, 2013
The sphinx found in Israel 

By: Shifra Unger
(Scroll down for video) Seeing sphinx in Egypt might be a normal sight, but seeing one in Israel is definitely extraordinary.

Archaeologists in Israel have discovered parts of a single sphinx belonging to one of the ancient pyramid building kings of Egypt.

The remains were found at Tel Hazor National Park, in northern Israel by archaeologists led by Ben-Tor, a professor of the Institute of Archaeology of the Hebrew University, and Sharon Zuckerman, also a professor at Hebrew University.

“This is the only known sphinx of King Menkaure, who built one of the Giza pyramids,” Ben-Tor said. Ben-Yor was referring to the group of Egyptian Pyramids, located in the Giza governorate near Cairo.

The Sphinx has a hieroglyphic inscription under the legs with the name of King Mycerinus, who ruled Egypt in the third millennium BC. Another inscription reads: “Loved by the divine manifestation that gave eternal life.”

Archaeologists estimate that the original statue of granite weighed about 500 kilos.
Ben-Tor said that the sphinx is the only one east of the Mediterranean adding that it was probably brought here from the ancient city of Heliopolis, north of modern Cairo.

However, the archaeological experts are not sure how the statue made its way to Hazor, as there is no evidence of any relationship between Egypt and Israel during the time of Menkaure.

Most likely, the statue was brought to Israel in the second millennium BC during the dynasty known as the Hyksos, which originated in Canaan, the archaeological team said in a statement.

Hazor was a biblical. Its population in the second millennium BC is estimated to have been around 20,000, and was the largest and most important city in the region.

The sphinx is displayed in the Israel Museum in Jerusalem.Mobile video not loading? Click here to view