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First broadcast at 20:00 3 Feb 2011
Documentary following teams of scientists and sculptors as they map the Sphinx and discover details about how it was built, its age and the identity of its features.
2 years ago
It’s great to see such wonderful monuments. Yet again another theory, about the sphinx and his origin. I just find a bit strange that the Egyptian that where obsess with geometry manage to build a temple for the sphinx not even align with it. Why the temple has been build to be aligning at the equinox with his right shoulder and not the left one or even on the top of his head? Also the sun over the millennia didn’t rise at the same place. So I think I need a bit more convincing on that matter. It looks to me that the temple is aligning with the side of the pyramid but nothing to do with the sphinx. Anyway, hopefully time will tell. I notice that American programs have a tendency to try to force their theory has facts. And I do agree with the comments about the side of the head and the pointless estimation of carving of the sphinx. However I really enjoy watching this type of programs and we can all make our own mind. ;)
over 2 years ago
Yes, both the size of the head and its uneroded condition relative to the body suggest it was carved at a later date. It could be that the second pyramid was built in relation to the pre-existing sphinx, that would explain the alignment. The nose carving was a pretty pointless exercise, you can't possibly extrapolate from that the time taken to build the whole sphinx!
The programme hasnt convinced me that either khufu or Khafre actually built the sphinx. The Sphinx head is too small for its body suggeting that it has been recarved. My feeling is that was a lions head since it has a lions body The programme makers make too many assumptions about the age of the sphinx which cannot be proven by the evidence they put forward. I particularly enjoyed watching the sculptors resort to power tools to carve the limestone and wondered how the Egyptians managed to carve so many things from other harder materials such as granite to such minute accuracies.
Very interesting but I don't see why the head is less eroded than the body. If it was buried up to its neck in sand for centuries you would expect the reverse to be the case. Plus no-one told the makers of this programme the sphinx' beard is in the British Museum!
great documentary, went to see sphinx 4 years ago love to know more about it. Looking forward to more on this subject.
The presenter does not comment on the fortuitous nature of the whole complex: that the Sphinx rock mass hapened to lie in a position in relation to the Pyramid in such a way that the alignments illustrated could be achieved. I wonder if anyone has looked at the structure of the depths of the Sphinx's base to see if there is indeed continuity in the rock mass with the underlying strata, in order to eliminate the possibility that the rock mass from which the Sphinx was carved was not lifted into position from somewhere else.
Great programme - did it really solve the riddle of the Sphinx ? - I dont think so but great TV !
Spelling who cares, great programme.
Wht is everybody jumping onto a typo- OK it was wrong- get over it...has it really been the defining moment of your day???
Is there a problem...with the spelling...isn't it vanishing...not vanashing.....it appears that someone cannot spell....go back to school!!!!
They a key is much closer to the S key than I is... who wants to travel ALLLL the way across the key board? It"s a typpo get over it, give them a break morons.
spinx sphinx make ur mind up on the pronuinciation
nothing new as usual....
Been to see the ancients in Egypt twice,Luxor was the most facinating.I am so glad I went when I did, who knows when it will be safe to go again!
Sloppy sloppy producers - can't even spell the main title - vanashing appearing time after time. As for sculping! But perhaps this was left in the hands of an unpaid 'work experiance' person.
I'm with Penny. Vanashing indeed !
I'm with Penny ! Vanashing indeed !
How bad is this vanashing!!!!!!!!!!
Glad to see so many people noticed!
What price a spell check!
And to think here I am, an unemployed copywriter/proofreader!
Where was the 't' in sculpting? Spoof reader mised anoter won
Not only that, but one of the guys was captioned 'sculping expert'!!??
I too noticed it was Vanashing..it is appalling!! Sack the proof reader. I can't stop talking about that now instead of watching the programme !
Im watching this just now..what idiots made this documentary that cannot spell? It just came up on screen after the ads as 'The VANASHING Sphinx'!!!
I noticed it too...maybe that's what sphinx' do - vanash? lol
This programme is looking interesting but I was amused to see the title on screen as "Secrets of the vanashing Sphinx." Methinks someone missed that typo.
Love Egypt, loved this program. Hey, did any other viewer notice that the program creators spelt the word 'vanishing' incorrectly in the title, 'SECRETS OF THE VANASHING SPHINX?
I can't believe it - the titles the vanashing Sphinx!!
I went to see the Sphinx in Giza last year on holiday. I have always been interested in anything Egyptian from childhood, look forward to seeing this program tomorrow. There have been a series of programes over the past few months and all have been full of information and very entertaining, if this one is as good it will be worth the wait
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