The Great Pyramids in Egypt, as well as the Great Sphinx, have been somewhat mysterious for as long as we have known about their existence. Sure, we know a little about them, but there is so much more that needs to be uncovered.
There have been tons and tons of theories about these amazing structures including everything from where they came from to how long they have been here. I recently decided to delve into this and see what kind of things I could find. To my amazement, I came across something published that truly got me to thinking even more.
Two Ukranian researchers back in the early 2000s proposed a new theory that has my mind blown. These two scientists seem to think the Great Sphinx is around 800,000 years old. Their research was actually presented at the International Conference on Geoarchaeology and Archaeomineralogy titled “Geological Aspect of The Problem of Dating The Great Egyptian Sphinx Construction.”
These two researchers names are Alexander G Parkhomenko and Manichev Vjacheslav I. Both are from the Institute of Environmental Geochemistry of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine. The two focused on deteriorating/deteriorated aspects of the body of the Sphinx and left aside the erosion features that have been studied previously.
“The problem of dating the Great Egyptian Sphinx construction is still valid, despite the long-term history of its research. The geological approach in connection to other scientific-natural methods permits to answer the question about the relative age of the Sphinx. The conducted visual investigation of the Sphinx allowed the conclusion about the important role of water from large water bodies which partially flooded the monument with formation of wave-cut hollows on its vertical walls.”
“The morphology of these formations has an analogy with similar such hollows formed by the sea in the coastal zones. Genetic resemblance of the compared erosion forms and the geological structure and petrographic composition of sedimentary rock complexes lead to a conclusion that the decisive factor of destruction of the historic monument is the wave energy rather than sand abrasion in Eolian process. Voluminous geological literature confirms the fact of existence of long-living fresh-water lakes in various periods of the Quaternary from the Lower Pleistocene to the Holocene. These lakes were distributed in the territories adjacent to the Nile. The absolute mark of the upper large erosion hollow of the Sphinx corresponds to the level of water surface which took place in the Early Pleistocene. The Great Egyptian Sphinx had already stood on the Giza Plateau by that geological (historical) time.”
These two seem to have a quite strong argument. The two worked together to come up with a way to try and overcome Schoch in several ways. They are arguing that the mountainous and coastal areas of the Caucasus and Crimea have a typical wind erosion that differs morphologically to the erosion features noted on the Sphinx. The wind erosion should have a more soft effect on the Sphinx regardless of the composition of the rocks themselves.
They also noted that the impact of waves on the rocks of the coast could produce throughout an extremely long period of time, layers of ripples. They also believe the rocks that make up the Sphinx possess a strong degree of resistance to the water effect and that if the hollow formations were due to sand abrasion only they would not be as they are. Their point I guess you could say is that the Sphinx itself may have been submerged for quite some time under water.
What do you think about their theory? Could it be true? Out of all the theories about this and the Pyramids themselves which ones are your favorites? For more on this check out the video below.