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Friday, October 13, 2017

Egypt's top archaeologist Hawass refutes city, tunnels under Sphinx - Xinhua | English.news.cn


Some stories just never die. I recall standing in front of the Sphinx in 1997,  arguing with someone who claimed that there was an underground complex whose existence was covered up by a conspiracy of Egyptologists, the Egyptian government and the CIA. Glenn

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-10/13/c_136677881.htm
Egypt's top archaeologist Hawass refutes city, tunnels under Sphinx


CAIRO, Oct. 13 (Xinhua) -- Egypt's top archaeologist Zahi Hawass denied allegations 
about presence of a city and tunnels under the Great Sphinx of Giza, official news 
agency MENA reported on Friday. The "UK EXPRESS" newspaper reported that the 
Sphinx could be the entrance way into "a secret city" according to the latest research 
by historians.

"Malcolm Hutton and Gerry Cannon believe the Sphinx on the sands on the Giza 
Plateau in front of the Great Pyramids could be the gateway to a labyrinth of tunnels 
and passages and a whole underground metropolis that has been lost to the world 
due to the cover-up by the Egyptian authorities," the newspaper added.

Hawass, also a former antiquities minister, said those allegations have no relation 
with the reality, adding "there is no scientific evidence at all that proved those 
allegations."
"We have photos for the digging process under the Sphinx that clarified the statute 
is sculptured from a solid rock with no room for passages under it," Hawass added.

He explained that when the groundwater level in front of the Sphinx increased, 
teams from Cairo University dug holes 20 meter underground around the statute 
from all sides, and undoubtedly found no passages under the monument.

He added during the monument cleaning operations, four crypts were discovered 
inside it, and some researchers thoughts it would lead to underground rooms, which 
hasn't happened.

The Egyptologist asserted that the hole in the head of the Sphinx, that made some 
researches thought it will lead to underground city, was only caused by dynamite 
used during the exploration operations.