Redating the great sphinx of giza
These limestone temples were subsequently refurbished with Aswan granite facings during the Old Kingdom.The moat theory cannot explain the nature of the very ancient weathering seen under the Old Kingdom granite veneer.They do not show any characteristics that are diagnostic or even suggestive of having been formed by artificial dredging of the Sphinx Enclosure, as Robert Temple suggests.
weathering of the Sphinx without hypothesizing that it dates back to an earlier period of more rainfall than the present. The Great Sphinx sits near the Great Pyramid on the western bank of the Nile, outside of modern Cairo.According to standard Egyptological thinking, the Great Sphinx was carved from the limestone bedrock on the orders of the Old Kingdom Pharaoh Khafre around 2500 B. In 1990 I first traveled to Egypt, with the sole purpose of examining the Great Sphinx from a geological perspective.This erosion is not compatible with pooled water in the enclosure.The highest levels of the middle member strata, seen in the Sphinx Enclosure on the western end, are most severely eroded, as expected from rain.