At a site in
Tel Hazor National Park, north of the Sea of Galilee, archeologists from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem have unearthed
part of a unique Sphinx belonging to one of the ancient pyramid-building
Excavations are headed by Prof.
Amnon Ben-Tor, the Yigael Yadin Professor in the Archaeology of Eretz
Israel at the Hebrew University’s Institute of Archaeology, and Dr.
Sharon Zuckerman, a lecturer at the Hebrew University’s Institute of
the only known Sphinx of the king Mycerinus discovered anywhere in the world — including in Egypt — the find at
Hazor is an unexpected and important discovery. Moreover, it is only piece of a
royal Sphinx sculpture discovered in the entire Levant area (the eastern part
of the Mediterranean).
the king’s name, the hieroglyphic inscription includes the descriptor “Beloved
by the divine manifestation… that gave him eternal life.” According to Prof.
Ben-Tor and Dr. Zuckerman, this text indicates that the Sphinx probably
originated in the ancient city of Heliopolis (the city of 'On' in the Bible),
north of modern Cairo.