The earlier dating of the Sphinx has further inspired researchers and writers to link the Sphinx to ancient lost civilizations such as Atlantis.
This member is well exposed in the western parts of the enclosure walls and floor and also forms the lower part of the Sphinx sculpture, (now covered with repair blocks).
The head-dress, beard and Cobra on the forehead are traditionally associated with royalty.
Sir Norman Lockyer suggested that the image of a half lion, half woman aspect symbolised the junctions of the constellations Leo and Virgo which occurred at a summer solstice in the fourth millennium BC.
The Sphinx of Giza has watched the rising sun for thousands of years, it's position on the Giza plateau has earned it a special place in our hearts and minds, as it's origin and meaning have become lost to us.I think the most relevant outcome of the results of the 2 studies is that from the 6th Dynasty and back ALL of the dates are older whether they be 100 or over 1000yrs in some cases.This alone should thoroughly debunk the "old wood theory", for one, but more importantly provide little doubt accepted chronology is in error.Thanks to author Jørn Christiansen for this fascinating insight into the world of geological archaeology. The Sphinx, a mythical creature with a lion's body and a human head, stands on the Giza Plateau on the west bank of the Nile in Giza, Egypt, near the Great Pyramids (Orange box). At first glance the Great Sphinx and its surrounding enclosure walls at the Giza Plateau in Cairo appear to have been exposed to severe water erosion over a long period of time, in addition to the erosion caused by wind and sand.The inset aerial photograph of the Great Pyramids at Giza is from James Henry Breasted, Jr. However, I recently visited the Sphinx enclosure to study the limestone rocks and came to a different conclusion; the rocks have clear signs of weathering and dissolution, much of it caused by rain water penetrating the fractured limestone long before the carving of the Sphinx.For serious discussion of the controversies, approaches and enigmas surrounding the origins and development of the human species and of human civilization.(NB: for more ‘out there’ posts we point you in the direction of the ‘Paranormal & Supernatural’ Message Board). Carbon dating is meant as a guide so you have to take it for what its worth.This stone provides some of the strongest evidence that the Sphinx was constructed In fact, the French Egyptologist and Director General of Excavations and Antiquities for the Egyptian government, Gaston Maspero, who surveyed the Sphinx in the 1920s asserted that: 'The Sphinx stela shows, in line thirteen, the cartouche of Khephren.I believe that to indicate an excavation carried out by that prince, following which, the The fact that the same Old kingdom blocks (contemporary with Khafre), were not found over the lower courses too, which were protected by sand over most of their life, confirms that the top part of the structure was restored in the 4th dynasty.The traditional sources for this study are: ancient records and inscriptions, radio-carbon dating and archaeo-astronomy.Each of theses methods has its own inherent problems associated to it as an accurate means of determination.