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'Surgeons' Go to Work on Sphinx's Shoulder

March 01, 1988|From Reuters

GIZA, Egypt — Experts started a complex operation today to repair the shoulder of the 4,600-year-old Sphinx guarding the Giza Pyramids, one of Egypt's most treasured monuments.

Egyptians were shocked when a chunk of stone weighing about 660 pounds fell from the Sphinx's right shoulder three weeks ago, apparently due to heavy rains. The country's top antiquities official lost his job.

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