Sphinx from 90-year-old film set unearthed in California

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 02 December, 2017, 9:20am
UPDATED : Saturday, 02 December, 2017, 9:21am

Archaeologists working in sand dunes on the central California coast have dug up an intact plaster sphinx that was part of an Egyptian film set built more than 90 years ago for Cecil B. DeMille’s epic The Ten Commandments.

The 135kg sphinx is the second recovered from the Guadalupe-Nipomo Dunes.

Dunes Centre Executive Director Doug Jenzen told Santa Barbara news station KEYT-television that it is unlike other items found on previous digs because most of it is preserved with the original paint intact.

The set of the 1923 film included more than 20 sphinxes. After filming, DeMille ordered everything buried in the dunes 280km northwest of Los Angeles.

They lay undisturbed for decades before recovery efforts began. The newly recovered sphinx is expected to go on display at the dunes museum next summer.