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April 20, 2002
Two Ramses II era headless Sphinxes unearthed

Workers restoring the old wall of Cairo unearthed two headless Sphinxes formerly used as steps for a secret door in the wall.

Hieroglyphic inscriptions on the two statues indicate that they date back to Ramses II era (1250 years B.C.).

Ahmad Hani, Executive Director of the Old wall restoration project, said this area will be one of the most important archaeological sightseeing spots in less than one year after restoration of the wall and removal of encroachments, adding the area will be used as an entry to the Fatimid Cairo.

He said that the secret door discovered was used by the French Expedition after Napoleon Bonaparte ordered the closure of Cairo's main gates.

<b> Anyone Know ANYTHING further on this?</b>

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Two New Sphinxes UnEarthed.. 164 Tripp 25-Apr-02 05:41

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