There are people coming from a New Age perspective who want the pyramids to be very old, much older than Egyptologists are willing to agree. There are people who want them to be built by extraterrestrials, or inspired by extraterrestrials, or built by a lost civilization whose records are otherwise unknown to us. And similar ideas are said about the Sphinx. And in response to the evidence that we have for the time in which the pyramids are built, the criticism is often leveled at scholars that they're only dealing with circumstantial information.
How Old is the Sphinx? What Evidence Do We Have? | Historic Mysteries
Posted by Jun 9, 0. Published in Discussions in Egyptology, Oxford, Volume 49, pp. We know of certain suspect artefacts found in the Giza pyramids that, had they survived, could have been used for Carbon 14 dating. In , when Belzoni entered the Second Pyramid Khafre , he found some bones inside the sarcophagus which apparently turned out to be from a bull . Also, during the Howard-Vyse expedition in , relics were found within the Third Pyramid Menkaure consisting of human bones and parts of the lid of a wooden coffin. But carbon 14 dating revealed that the bones were from the early Christian era and the lid was determined to be from the Saite Period . The Howard-Vyse expedition also found another strange artefact while exploring the outside faces of the Khufu pyramid with explosives: a plate of iron measuring 26 x 8.
Scientists: Geological evidence shows the Great Sphinx is 800,000 years old
Pyramid of Khafre is in background. It was an odd sensation climbing over the Great Pyramid, looking for minute flecks of charcoal or other datable material, loaded down with cameras, scales, notebooks, and forms with entries for sample number, site, monument, area, feature, material charcoal, reed, wood, etc. It was and the Edgar Cayce Foundation, named for an early twentieth-century psychic who claimed that the Sphinx and Khufu's Great Pyramid were built in 10, B. Old friends and supporters of the deceased psychic had visited Giza in the early s and several of them were willing to put their beliefs to the test by radiocarbon dating the Great Pyramid.
Few ancient monuments are as enigmatic as the Great Sphinx of Giza. To this day people debate its purpose, when it was built, and what it meant to its builders. And few ancient monuments have been so fixed as a target for fringe and New Age whimsy. One my own favorite examples of the latter is the fabled Hall of Records, a vast library of esoteric and forgotten wisdom stored in a stone-hewn cavern below the Sphinx. To think of great ancient wisdom so close and yet so far, never seen by modern human eyes, drives the imagination.