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MUFONET-BBS NETWORK - MUTUAL UFO NETWORK ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ ARCHAEOLOGY NEWS - WIRE ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 旼컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴커 =START= XMT: 16:12 Tue Oct 22 EXP: 16:00 Wed Oct 23 쿞PHINX-RELATED DISCOVERY COULD REWRITE HISTORY, SCIENTISTS 쿞AY 쿞AN DIEGO (OCT. 22) UPI - Signs of ancient rainstorms 쿶ndicate Egypt's Great Sphinx may be as much as 4,000 years 쿽lder than currently believed - a discovery that could 퀁ewrite the history of civilization, a group of scientists 퀂aid Tuesday. 쿟he giant stone figure with the body of a lion and the head 쿽f a man was believed to have been built around 2500 B.C., 쿫ut an examination of the rock showed signs of weathering 퀃hat led researchers to believe the Sphinx was built by a 쿹ong-vanished civilization at least 2,500 to 4,000 years 쿮arlier. ''We don't know who might have made it,'' said John A. West, 쿪n independent Egyptologist who was part of the study team. ''But proof that a civilization capable of creating such a 퀂culpture existed, even as little as 2,500 years earlier 퀃han commonly believed, is to history what the relativity 퀃heory was to Victorian physics.'' 쿟he research group's report was presented this week at the 쿒eological Society of America at the group's annual meeting 쿶n San Diego. 쿟he team visited the Sphinx outside of Cairo in April and 쿮xamined the sandstone believed to have been carved during 퀃he reign of Pharaoh Chephren, also known as Pharaoh Khafre, 퀇ho died in 2494 B.C. 쿟he examination revealed cracks and weathering in the rock 쿽f the type usually caused by long periods of rainfall. 쿟he same weathering was not found on other stone structures 쿯rom the age in the area, includiung the nearby Great 쿛yramids. 쿞cientists believe such rains fell after the Ice Age ended, 쿹ong before Chepheren's reign. ''Since 10,000 B.C., the general trend has been toward ever- 쿶ncreasing aridity, culminating in the present-day Sahara,'' 퀂aid Robert M. Schoch, a Boston University geology professor 쿪nd a member of the expedition. ''Pharaoh Chephren evidently repaired and refurbished the 퀇eathered Sphinx around 2500 B.C., but he did not build 쿶t,'' Schoch said. 쿔f a civilization older than the ancient Egyptians built the 쿞phinx, there could be other relics still to be discovered 쿫eneath the desert sand, Schoch said. 쿞eismograph studies of the ground around the statue 쿶ndicated channels cut into the sandstone bedrock. The 쿯indings might mean the Sphnix was built on top of an 쿪ncient cliff that has since filled in with sand. =END=

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