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Archaeologists discover ancient sphinx in Egypt

AP  |  Cairo 

says archaeologists have discovered a statue of a lion's body and a in the southern city of

The says Sunday the sphinx made of sandstone was found in the during work to protect the site from groundwater.

Mostafa Waziri, of the says the statue probably dates back to the Ptolemaic time.

The Ptolemaic Dynasty ruled for some 300 years from around 320 B.C. to about 30 B.C.

hopes such discoveries will spur tourism, partially driven by antiquities sightseeing, which was hit hard by political turmoil following the 2011 uprising.

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First Published: Sun, September 16 2018. 17:25 IST