> Yes, it is. Don't know what to make of it.
Yeah, need to see more. Now that it is on our radar maybe something in our intellectual travels will shed some more light on it.
> All are good points. Isn't this where a
> mainstreamer steps in with Members I II & III to
> explain everything.
> There seems to be no planning
> involved in the enclosure as if it were all
> accidental, nothing that speaks of an appearance
> worthy of such an important statue, which is what
> you're saying. Good point.
> The 3 quarry walls show 3 different results, from
> environment or climate erosion or a difference in
> age. Would there be another cause? Anyway the
> results are obvious, the 3 walls did not undergo
> the same process.
Its been bugging me since you brought up that the Sphinx may not have originally been an animal. You may be onto something here.
> If I had a memory I could be precise about dates
> here; there is what is called a 'dark age' from
> around 1200bc-800bc, IIRC. Not only in Egyptian
> history but also in other parts but I don't
> remember enough to be specific. It is a puzzling
> blank spot not often addressed, I've only read of
> it in the catastrophe camp. It could be that
> whatever happened during that time gave rise to
> new fables and creatures, just a thought.
Centuries of Darkness.Quote
The Old World has confronted archaeologists with many riddles, perhaps the most tantalising of which is the Dark Age, an economic and cultural recession so devastating it lasted for 400 years from 1200 to 800 BC. Or did it? The dates for the Near East and Mediterranean are derived from the highly regarded chronology of ancient Egypt, but could not that itself have been miscalculated? This is the pioneering theory proposed by Peter James in an intricate piece of scholarly detective work. Deciphering the clues from papyri and pottery, he and his team of experts search layer by layer through the excavated treasures of a vast area from Spain to Iran and from Denmark to Sudan, until they reach Egypt, the root of the labrinthine riddle. It is here that they unearth 250 years of ‘ghost history’. Once these are eliminated, fresh perspective is thrown not only on the reality of the Dark Age, but also on the Trojan War, the foundation of Rome, the origin of the Greek alphabet and the Golden Age of King Solomon. Centuries of Darkness is a masterpiece of archaeological reasoning which will revolutionise our view of the ancient world.
> Accidentally came across this, is it what you were
> looking for?
Nice. Thanks. Well, that is definitely Menkaure's cartouche. Canaanites migrated to Egypt in the early MK and Canaan later became a subject of Egypt at the beginning of the NK. Menkaure was a revered pharaoh and his cartouche is found well into the Saite Period. I don't want to spin it, but all things considered I think it is fair to say it's OK provenance is cautious and regardless not enough to overturn a vacuum of sphinxes otherwise.
Edited 3 time(s). Last edit at 30-Jan-16 06:59 by Thanos5150.