Another stunning find in Egypt, this time a well-preserved sphinx with a smiling face as the focal point.
Archaeologists found the historic gem next to the Temple of Hathor, and it was the second major archaeological discovery on Egyptian soil in recent weeks.
The statue, believed to be a stylized representation of an ancient Roman emperor, was found inside a two-level tomb.
Preserved state you are surprised by the good quality. “It’s beautiful and finely carved”, evaluates the Egyptian Ministry of Tourism.
Once the messages contained within are fully deciphered, light could be shed on the identity of the ruler carved there, who researchers believe to be Emperor Claudius.
The Temple of Hathor (pictured) is one of the best-preserved temples in Egypt. It is about 500 kilometers south of Cairo and is home to the Zodiac of Dendera, a celestial map that has been on display at the Louvre Museum in Paris since 1922.
Other important historical discoveries were announced in Egypt last year, such as the necropolises of Saqqara and Luxor.