If you thought this sounds like something straight from a Hollywood movie, you’d be right. Archaeologists have unearthed a giant sphinx buried underneath a windswept California sand dune. This structure was built for the massive ‘City of the Pharaoh’, the largest set in movie history at the time, for film director Cecil B. DeMille’s silent movie “The Ten Commandments.” Continue reading for a video and more information.
“In 2012, aided by filmmaker Peter Brosnan, who had spent years researching the whereabouts of the buried set, archaeologists from Applied EarthWorks excavated a head from one of the sphinxes, each of which were 12 feet tall and 5 tons in weight, before running out of time and money. After the Guadalupe-Nipomo Dunes Center raised $120,000 from donors, the Applied EarthWorks archaeologists returned to the site earlier this month with the intention of exhuming the accompanying body but found it exposed to the elements and damaged. Fortunately, the shifting sands had revealed the hind leg and paw of another sphinx 20 feet away that was in better condition,” reports the History Channel.