EXPERTS HARNESS 3D PRINTING TO RECREATE ANCIENT ARTIFACTS DESTROYED BY ISIS The site, which overlooks the Lower Zab river at the western edge of the Zagros Mountains, is part of a historic route from ancient Mesopotamia to Iran.Alexander the Great passed through the area in 331 B. when his army was pursuing Persian King Darius III after defeating him at the battle of Gaugamela.According to this theory, the statue was later re-carved to be modelled on Khufu.To early Egyptians the lion was a much more potent symbol of power than the human face.CHRISTIAN SAINT'S BONES UNEARTHED IN MONASTERY DESTROYED BY ISIS When archaeologists investigated a huge stone mound at the southern end of the site, they found the remains of a large building, which given the presence of smashed statuary, may have been a temple for worshipping Greco-Roman deities.The smashed statues include a seated female figure that may be the Greek goddess Persephone and a half life-sized nude male figure that may be Adonis.Historical architect Dr Jonathan Foyle, who worked with Mr Reader on the project, said the head and body were massively out of proportion.He said the reason for this could be that the Sphinx originally had an entirely different head - that of a lion.
A grave cut into the Assyrian remains contained a coin dating to the time Parthian King Orodes II, around 57 to 38 B. “The discovery of a fort dating to the time of the Assyrian period will generate information on a corner of the empire which is virtually unknown, while the discovery of a city established in the wake of the conquests of Alexander the Great is already yielding evidence for the fundamental changes wrought by the advent of Hellenism,” explained the British Museum.
Their work can be seen in Channel Five documentary The Secrets of Egypt on Thursday at 8pm.
Dr Jonathan Foyle has joined forces with geologist Colin Reader to solve the mysteries of the Sphinx face Researchers also discovered that the Sphinx’s body and head were disproportionate, suggesting it was not originally a pharaoh.
A sunken palace on the Giza plateau provides further evidence that there was activity in the area before the building of the pyramids, Mr Reader said.
Its style implies that it is older than the other tombs at the site.