GUADALUPE, Calif. – Archaeologists working in the sand dunes along the Central California coast are digging up ancient sphinxes – but these are made of plaster.
The giant imitations of an ancient Egyptian scene were constructed more than 90 years ago for the silent black-and-white classic movie The Ten Commandments.
When filming was over in 1923, legendary filmmaker Cecil B. DeMille left them in the sands of the Guadalupe-Nipomo Dunes in Santa Barbara County.
The Los Angeles Times reports that this week, archaeologists excavated a crumbling plaster sphinx from the ruins.
Another was partially exhumed in 2012 but money ran out.
When crews went back this year, they found another.