> There does not appear to be. Many of the the
> blocks for the Sphinx and Valley Temples were
> taken from the enclosure ergo they would be as old
> as the enclosure and the rock formation. The
> Sphinx temple actually sits inside the excavated
> area congruous with the "floor" of the Sphinx
> Which was extended in front of the causeway to to
> accommodate the Valley Temple:
> The more I look at the enclosure the more I have
> to wonder what it is we are really seeing here.
> Why would this leading edge behind the rump not be
> aesthetically shaped:
> Not to mention as I have already noted the
> enclosure walls do not appear to be the walls of a
> quarry nor even what one would expect from an
> enclosure wall:
> The massive blocks at the front of the Sphinx
> temple with granite facing:
> Why are they so high?
> If this were all built as one structure, why is
> the granite temple so far recessed below the
> height of the other blocks:
> The granite temple and facing blocks are asserted
> by some, including myself, to be later additions
> which looking at it from this vantage point it
> further appears the granite was later added within
> the dead carcass of a much earlier structure. What
> is the point of building the walls so
> unnecessarily higher just to obscure the temple
> within? Why such massive blocks on the front of
> the temple?
> A thought I am mulling around is that the harbor
> is right in front of the Sphinx. Did the Sphinx
> enclosure and associated temples once serve as an
> even earlier harbor or water feature of sorts when
> the Nile was larger? The Sphinx temple is made of
> much smaller blocks and is basically a hack job
> compared to the Valley Temple. I wonder if it was
> originally not there and made at a later time from
> recycled blocks which would have left this
> "channel" open to the Sphinx enclosure straight
> from the Nile.
> Sphinx Temple:
> Compare to the Valley Temple.
> > I think it's certainly
> > possible that it wasn't shaped into an animal
> > until Dynastic Egypt, but I have no reason to
> > doubt that the Enclosure and rock mound weren't
> > formed way before the Dynastic era.
To follow up with this line of thought, regarding the terrace the temples were built on Lehner says:
This broad terrace was cut for a reason and since there is no archaeological evidence of earlier structures, we conclude that the two Khafre temples were built as part of the same program. Archaeological evidence supports the idea that the Valley Temple was built before the Sphinx Temple.
(All emphasis mine).
Above I make note:
The Sphinx temple is made of much smaller blocks and is basically a hack job compared to the Valley Temple. I wonder if it was originally not there and made at a later time from recycled blocks which would have left this "channel" open to the Sphinx enclosure straight from the Nile.
Apparently I am not alone in thinking the Sphinx Temple was built later than the Valley Temple.
Also of interest in this regard is the causeway drainage channel which Lehner says:
Khafre’s builders cut a drainage channel along the north side of the eastern end of the pyramid causeway. The channel opens into the upper southwest corner of the Sphinx quarry. They would not have cut a channel that drained water into the Sphinx enclosure ditch so the channel must have had a function that predated and was made obsolete by the quarrying of the Sphinx enclosure.
More than one thousand years after the Sphinx was created, Thutmosis IV cleared the sand away from the monument and established the cult of Hor-em-akhet, or “Horus in the Horizon.” Today you can see mud brick from Thutmosis IV’s enclosure wall blocking the drainage channel.
Causeway drainage channel:
Lehner makes note they would not have cut a channel that drained directly into the Sphinx enclosure therefore he concludes it must have had a function that predated and was obsolete by the time of the quarrying of the Sphinx enclosure. He makes this assumption for no other reason that it would make no sense for this ditch to drain into the enclosure which housed the Sphinx, which I agree, it would not. This also assumes the Sphinx was a statue at this time which as I hypothesize above it may well not have been and that at this time the Sphinx temple, which he agrees was built sometime after the Valley temple, was not there yet in front of the Sphinx. Therefore the channel would have drained into the Sphinx enclosure and dumped into what I suggest may have been part of the original harbor which the Sphinx itself at that time was just an outcrop, maybe even a dock of some kind. And it was only at a time when the Nile had receded and the Sphinx enclosure drained that the Sphinx temple was built and the outcrop/dock carved into a statue of which the temple now serviced.
Also to be considered is that the amount of water to be drained through this channel was sufficient enough it required a dedicated channel cut in the first place which would dump the outflow one way or another back into the Nile. What does this mean?
Edited 3 time(s). Last edit at 14-Feb-16 22:05 by Thanos5150.