Egypt's top archaeologist Hawass refutes city, tunnels under Sphinx

Xinhua

Egypt's top archaeologist Zahi Hawass denied allegations about presence of a city and tunnels under the Great Sphinx of Giza, official news agency MENA reported on Friday. The "UK EXPRESS" newspaper reported that the Sphinx could be the entrance way into "a secret city" according to the latest research by historians.
"Malcolm Hutton and Gerry Cannon believe the Sphinx on the sands on the Giza Plateau in front of the Great Pyramids could be the gateway to a labyrinth of tunnels and passages and a whole underground metropolis that has been lost to the world due to the cover-up by the Egyptian authorities," the newspaper added.

Hawass, also a former antiquities minister, said those allegations have no relation with the reality, adding "there is no scientific evidence at all that proved those allegations." "We have photos for the digging process under the Sphinx that clarified the statute is sculptured from a solid rock with no room for passages under it," Hawass added.

He explained that when the groundwater level in front of the Sphinx increased, teams from Cairo University dug holes 20 meter underground around the statute from all sides, and undoubtedly found no passages under the monument. He added during the monument cleaning operations, four crypts were discovered inside it, and some researchers thoughts it would lead to underground rooms, which hasn't happened.

The Egyptologist asserted that the hole in the head of the Sphinx, that made some researches thought it will lead to underground city, was only caused by dynamite used during the exploration operations.