Mystery of the Sphinx

I watched a crazy documentary on Netflix last night.  I’m a huge fan of old documentaries, especially ones on Ancient Egypt, from before everything was CG montages or looked like stuff out of 300.

This particular gem was narrated by none-other than Charlton Heston, the greatest actor, if not the greatest man, that the 20th century had to offer.

The crux of the theory presented in the documentary was that the Sphinx was weathered in ways that other Egyptian ruins were not weathered, showing signs of vertical erosion caused by rainfall, which would nearly double the age of the Sphinx from the oldest estimates accepted by Egyptologists.

The first 2/3s of it were pretty great.  The geologist, Robert M. Schoch (the most credible seeming dude we got to meet) made an excellent scientific case for an antediluvian civilization in Ancient Egypt predating the old kingdom by a few thousand years.  The facial recognition specialist (second most credible dude) made an excellent case that the face of the Sphinx was definitely not the same as the king that most Egyptologists claimed it was.  The primemover of the theory (J.A. West, somewhat less credible seeming) who convinced the geologist to look into it also made a decent case for the antediluvian civilization, except he throws in stuff about Atlantis and that maybe said civilization predated the Old Kingdom by over 10,000 years.  Then the documentary goes off the deep end.  Some crazy guy who did not appear in the first hour of the documentary shows up at a crazy convention who is all “Clearly the face on Mars is a Lion-Man.  Just like the sphinx!  THERE IS A MARS EGYPT LINK!!!!”

At the end, they close with the Geologist, who is all “Look, I’m not saying anything about martians, aliens, or magic.  I’m saying that I have factual scientific evidence suggesting that the Sphinx is older than historians think.”  But it’s there, and his awesome science is tainted by the old “Well, if it’s not what they think it is, it’s as likely UFOs as anything else!” line of thinking.

It would’ve been a great documentary if they didn’t throw in Mars and UFO dudes in the middle, but since it was made by “UFOTV” or whatever, I guess they had to stick that in there somewhere.  “Here are some interesting scientific theories rooted in facts and science; now let’s crap all over them by claiming that it somehow backs up our UFO crazy, even though the guy who made the discovery disavows that.”


2 responses to “Mystery of the Sphinx

  1. My main gripe about “Ancient Aliens” theory is that it promotes lazy thinking. “Oh, I can’t figure it out so then it must be aliens.” We may never know when the Sphinx was built, but just because we don’t know doesn’t mean aliens built it.

    • A far more interesting theory presented was that it was created by the proto-Zulu peoples before they migrated south. Unfortunately, because Mars features in Zulu Mythology, it gave an opening for UFO people to go “SEE!?”

      Conventional thinking hates re-evaluating its theories, because it usually means significant revisions to the interpretations of the secondary sources it grew up with. Alternative thinking is hampered by hangers-on and the crazy. Only Space Bigfoot had both the physical prowess and intelligence to create 95% of pre-historic sites; his time-travel ability, didn’t hurt either, until Henry Ford ran over him in his proto-type time car (which he could not rebuild, since this time Space Bigfoot was dead and couldn’t help him).

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