National Geographic documentary. In an Indiana Jones-style quest, Egyptian archaeologist Zahi Hawass excavates a mysterious tunnel at the very bottom of Seti's tomb far below the surface of the earth, placing his own life in jeopardy for the sake of discovery.
Mystery of the Sphinx is a 1993 documentary about the Great Sphinx of Giza. It deals mainly with the conflict between egyptologists and geologists about the age of the Great Sphinx. It does so by suggesting the Sphinx water erosion hypothesis.
The host of the documentary, which features Egyptologist John Anthony West and writer Richard C. Hoagland, is actor Charlton Heston.
A sphinx is a mythical creature with, as a minimum, the body of a lion and the head of a human.
Generally the role of sphinxes is associated with architectural structures such as royal tombs or religious temples. The oldest known sphinx was found near Gobekli Tepe at another site, Nevali Çori, or possibly 120 miles to the east at Kortik Tepe, Turkey, and was dated to 9,500 BC.
The Great Sphinx is one of the world's largest and oldest statues but basic facts about it, such as when it was built, and by whom, are still debated.
Pliny The Elder mentioned the Great Sphinx in his book, Natural History, commenting that the Egyptians looked upon the statue as a "divinity" that has been passed over in silence and "that King Harmais was buried in it".