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Hello Fraters and Sorors,


I understand that the Egyptian antiquities department doesn't believe there is any chamber beneath the Sphinx, as some have thought. This is based on their drilling several relief holes into the ground around it. But does anyone think this is definitive evidence of there being no chamber beneath it? Or could they just not have drilled deep enough or maybe they just didn't drill in the exact spot to hit a chamber, such as under the left paw? Any ideas on this?


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    One of the 27 new sarcophagi discovered at Saqqara, Egypt.

    One of the 27 new sarcophagi discovered at Saqqara, Egypt. Credit: Egypt Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities/Facebook

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