Images from the site show unearthed parts of the statue, which experts say has a human head and lion's body. Photo: Sun
A Sphinx, possibly more than 4,000 years old, has been discovered buried by workmen building a road in Egypt.
The roadworks between the ancient temples of Karnak and Luxor have been halted after the large statue was discovered featuring a “lion’s body and a human head”.
The relic could date as far back as 2500 BC and the reign of Pharoah Kafre.
The Director General of Antiquities Mohamed Abel Aziz announced plans to excavate the statue, which is still buried in the ground and embedded in the soil.
He added the process could take some time due to the age of the statue and the chances of damaging it after thousands of years.
Mr Abel Aziz confirmed the new find had similarities to the “classical” Great Sphinx of Giza which stands 66ft tall in front of the Great Pyramids.
Khaled al Anani, the national heritage chief, encouraged people to go and visit the site to see the new discovery.
Local news website Youm reported that the statue could not yet be lifted above ground “due to the nature of the environment it is in.”
The "second sphinx" was found just over six miles from the famous Valley of Kings – the burial place of the ancient Pharaohs.
It was uncovered between two the temples on the opposite bank of the River Nile.