Cairo: Egyptian archaeologists draining water from a temple in the southern city of Aswan have uncovered a sandstone sphinx likely dating to the Ptolemaic era, the antiquities ministry Khaled el-Enany announced, reports Al Jazeera.
The sphinx, a mythical being with the head of a human and the body of a lion, was discovered at the Kom Ombo temple, where two engraved sandstone reliefs of King Ptolemy V had also recently been found, the ministry said in statement on Sunday.The Ptolemaic Dynasty ruled Egypt for some 300 years - from around 320 BC to about 30 BC
Egypt is hoping recent discoveries will brighten its image abroad and revive interest among travellers who once flocked to its iconic pharaonic temples and pyramids, but have shunned the country since its 2011 political uprising.
Last year was also an important year for archeologists and findings across the country. In March 2017, pharaonic statues, dating back 3,700 years, were discovered in a muddy pit in a suburb of Cairo.