I'm Mark Lehner and I am here at the Great Sphinx of Giza
on behalf of Dr Zahi Hawass helping him out
with drilling we're doing underneath the Sphinx.
In our first hole here we will be underneath Sphinx's
left paw, the north forepaw of the Sphinx.
And we're doing this to test for ground water,
which is risen dramatically in the recent years to where it's possibly posing a threat
to the Sphinx and the temples in front of it.
Few months ago the press announced
that the Sphinx is in danger because of the rising of the water table
in front of the Sphinx temple.
So Dr Zahi in collaboration with Cairo University have done a series of holes
to test the water and also in some cases, as in front of,
to pump the water to lower it and to try to protect the Sphinx.
We did the drill now.
Eight drillings, goes for about ten meters under the Sphinx.
One of them is just underneath the left paw of the Sphinx,
and that drill goes underneath the Sphinx.
This is the front of the paw, the Roman pavement,
here is our first hole, one meter from the paw,
3.20 from the back claw,
2.25-2.90 from the very front of this toe.
Four meters down there you getting a little solution cavities.
And look at that – a nice fossil from a limestone,
50 million years old, but maybe that's through the water is going.
Look how porous it's getting. And very yellow and clay-like.
Also it's a good chance to test many ideas, many new age ideas
about secret passages and hidden chambers under the Sphinx.
So with a number of drilled holes have been done since 2008
and now here 2009 we continue,
it should be fast for to put to rest all of these theories
that some kind of the tunnel or chamber exists under the Sphinx.
All these new age people, they used to fight me with
“Give us one permission only to drill in the left paw of the Sphinx”
“and to see if anything is hidden or not.”
We found nothing.
And people can think that the myth of the Sphinx will be finished by this drilling.
But I'll always believe that the myth and the mystery of the Sphinx will always continue.
Actually, this is, for me, coming back to the Sphinx
after thirty years of starting here with Dr Zahi.
We started our work together with the Sphinx really in 1978-79,
and so here we are thirty years later, still working here,
and we haven't aged a bit.