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The Sphinx Of Israel

Archaeologists discovered a 4,000-year-old Egyptian sphinx in Tel Hazor, Israel, in 2013. It was something they never expected to find so far away from Egypt. 

They discovered the statue's paws, which were lying on a base. The rest, it's thought, was purposefully destroyed thousands of years ago. It would have been 1 meter (3.3 ft) tall and weighted half a ton until someone toppled it over. 

Nobody knows what an Egyptian monument in Israel was up to. The only indication is an inscription on the base that reads "King Mycerinus," which is the name of a pharaoh who governed Egypt approximately 2500 BC.

It's exceedingly doubtful that the Egyptians conquered Tel Hazor. Tel Hazor was a commerce centre in Canaan under the reign of Mycerinus (aka Menkaure), serving as a direct link between Egypt and Babylon. It was crucial to the economic well-being of two of the region's most powerful nations. 

It's our best bet that it was a present. If it was a gift, though, it's unclear why King Mycerinus sent it—or why someone was so enraged as to smash it. All we know for sure is that someone built a sphinx 1,000 kilometers (600 miles) away from the Great Sphinx of Giza for whatever purpose.

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