Once the kings abandoned the burial grounds, the Sphinx was covered up to its neck in sand. It was dubbed Abou'I Hol by the Arabs, an expression that means "the father of terror". The first attempt to uncover it dates back to 1400 BC. The young Touthmosis IV who fell asleep beneath the giant head, dreamed that the Sphinx promised him the crown if he could release it from its restraints. The enthusiastic young man immediately rounded up an excavation party. After much effort, only the Sphinx's front paws were partially liberated. To commemorate his dream, Touthmosis IV placed a stone at the foot of the monument. (it was only in 1817 during the first modern dig, supervised by Captain Caviglia, that the chest of the Sphinx was finally uncovered. The Sphinx of Gyzeh was completely dug up in 1925 to the pleasure of visitors, who were ecstatic to finally see the giant in all its glory.
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