A Hidden “World” Beneath the Sphinx?

Contrary to popular belief that the Sphinx is solid, Waseda University researchers found hollow sections in the ground south of the Sphinx, with cavities 2 to 3 meters inside. They also identified a groove on the Sphinx's body, extending beneath it. But there is even more.


Is there a hidden world beneath Egypt’s Great Sphinx? Are there really chambers that exist beneath this ancient statue? “Forbidden Archaeology” is a term that’s gained popularity, especially amongst conspiracy theorists. They claim that archaeologists conceal certain findings from the public. While some dismiss this as sheer nonsense, a series of secretive discoveries hint at the possible truth in this claim. More specifically, in this article I look into the claims that there are certain cavities, tunnels and even chambers beneath the legendary ancient statue of the Great Sphinx.

A Hidden “World” Beneath the Sphinx?

Multiple authors have pointed out that when it comes to unearthing ancient sites and monuments, not all findings see the light of day. This is particularly noticeable when we talk about the Great Sphinx of Giza, or rather the entire Giza plateau. A host of studies from various institutions and archaeologists reveal many hidden secrets beneath the plateau.

Enigmatic Chambers under the Pyramids

Underneath Egypt’s iconic pyramids and the Sphinx lie numerous chambers and cavities, shrouded in mystery for years. Some suggest that these chambers hold clues to understanding the sophistication and development of ancient civilizations. While this is probably true and there are certain tunnels and cavities beneath the sands, their interior’s contents are probably not a treasure trove of history.

The Sphinx: Monument of Mysteries

The Great Sphinx of Giza is intriguing for several reasons. It’s the planet’s largest monolith statue and one of the most enigmatic ancient statues ever discovered. We are mostly in the dark about why, who, and how it was built and its real purpose. Just like the pyramids of Giza, we have absolutely no idea what its purpose was, or who commissioned it. A lot of guesswork is involved when writing about this mysterious statue.


Tunnels and Cavities Beneath Giza

In 1987, an electromagnetic sounding survey of the Khufu Pyramid and Sphinx by scientists from Waseda University, Tokyo, directed by Sakuji Yoshimura, unveiled several tunnels and cavities beneath Giza. However, where these lead, what they contain, who built them, and their purpose remains a riddle, with much information about the Sphinx veiled in mystery.

An illustration showing chambers beneath the Sphinx.
An illustration showing chambers beneath the Sphinx.

Inside the Sphinx: Not as Solid as It Appears

Contrary to popular belief that the Sphinx is solid, Waseda University researchers found hollow sections in the ground south of the Sphinx, with cavities 2 to 3 meters inside. They also identified a groove on the Sphinx’s body, extending beneath it. The researchers revealed hollow sections before the Sphinx’s paws and the possibility of a tunnel connecting the southern and northern cavities.

The Sphinx’s Unexplored Sanctuary

The Waseda University team concluded that the Sphinx’s sanctuary hosts more underground cavities than previously known. If these chambers and tunnels indeed exist, why haven’t they been thoroughly explored? Why do scholars seem to overlook these findings? And why have we not seen more studies done in recent years?

In 1991, Thomas Dobecki and John Anthony West conducted another survey at the Sphinx. They validated the 1987 discoveries, identifying subsurface cavities in the region. Old images also support this scientific data, clearly showing entrances and tunnels leading to unexplored chambers beneath the Sphinx.

Barriers to Discovery

The book Message of the Sphinx, by Graham Hancock and Robert Bauval, asserts that the Egyptian government and American archaeologists have hindered investigations around or beneath the Sphinx, barring anyone from discovering what’s hidden there. There’s even a theory suggesting the existence of a second Sphinx at Giza.


Given the scientific evidence and corroborating images, why hasn’t there been more in-depth exploration of these regions? Is it indeed a case of “forbidden archaeology,” or could it be a lack of interest?

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Written by Ivan Petricevic

I've been writing passionately about ancient civilizations, history, alien life, and various other subjects for more than eight years. You may have seen me appear on Discovery Channel's What On Earth series, History Channel's Ancient Aliens, and Gaia's Ancient Civilizations among others.

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