sphinx base found in hazor

Remains of a sphinx found in northern Israel

Archaeologists believe the statue indicates ties between Egyptian rulers and the ancient city of Hazor

Base of a sphinx statue found by Hebrew University  archaeologists at the Tel Hazor excavations in northern Israel. (photo credit: courtesy of archaeologists Amnon Ben-Tor and Sharon Zuckerman)

Researchers from the Hebrew University have discovered part of a sphinx in the northern archaeological site of Hazor, the university announced on Tuesday.

Professor Amnon Ben-Tor and Dr. Sharon Zuckerman unearthed the base of a sphinx that contained a hieroglyphic inscription between its feet that dated it to the third millennium BCE. The inscription contains the name Mycerinus, who was one of the Egyptian kings associated with the sphinxes built in Egypt. The inscription refers to the king by name, and describes him as ““Beloved by the divine manifestation… that gave him eternal life.”

Ben-Tor and Zuckerman said that the sphinx likely came from the ancient city of Heliopolis (the Biblical “On”), north of today’s capital city of Cairo.

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