Egyptian sphinx carbon dating
However, the new dating evidence, published in the journal Science on 18 June, does rule out some chronologies that have been put forward - particularly in the Old Kingdom, which is shown to be older than some scholars thought.
For example, in the Old Kingdom, Djoser, one of the best known pharaohs of the Third Dynasty of Egypt who is thought to have commissioned the first of the pyramids, was found to have ruled from between 26 BCE, about 50-100 years earlier than some experts thought.
Trenches are found between them where the stonecutters would have worked.
Blocks of stone were cut by pounding channels into the limestone using hammer stones to separate them from bedrock. The blocks were then detached using large wooden levers.
But one thing comes to mind immediately.......doesn't the head of the Sphinx depict an Egyptian king? I have been interested in the the ancient civilizations for some time and it has always been my belief that the age of these structures is not what they say it is. ok i was gonna post a pic of his face so we can see it then i found this article
I'm sure there was no Egyptian kingdom 12,000 years ago. The ancients were alot older than what common consensus says. Lif ENcircle S i can see you argument, but picture this, you are the head of s civilization that happens to have a giant cat with wierd regal cat statue in its back yard. wouldnt you emulate this god greature in your appearance to give yourself credibility? the head is really way out of proportion for the body.
However this technique would have been unsuitable for quarrying harder stones such as granite.
"This is an extremely important piece of research that shows clearly that historical dating methods and radiocarbon dates are compatible for ancient Egypt," says Kate Spence, an archaeologist at the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom. historian Manetho and inscriptions found at key sites such as Saqqara and Karnak, provide what are called "floating chronologies" because they are internally consistent but not anchored to absolute dates.
Despite Egypt’s historical significance, in the past the dating of events has been a contentious undertaking with Egyptologists relying on various different chronologies.
The radiocarbon dating, led by Professor Christopher Ramsey from Oxford's Department of Archaeology, provides some resolution on the dates and nails down a chronology that is broadly in line with previous estimates.
As the researchers will report in tomorrow's issue of , they found that the Old Kingdom, which kicked off with Djoser's reign, began between 26 B.
Contemporary Egyptologists usually date the Egyptian Spinx back to 2,500BC, allegedly built during the Khafra dynasty, but there is a wealth of evidence that suggests otherwise. The greatest Egyptian monuments may be much older than today's mainstream archaeologists are willing to admit. The geological findings discussed above indicate that the Sphinx seems to have been sculpted sometime before 10,000 BC, and this period coincides with the Age of Leo the Lion, which lasted from 10,970 to 8810 BC.