Excavations on part of an ancient 2.7km avenue of sphinxes that once linked temples in Luxor and Karnak should be completed in March, Egypt's antiquities chief said on Thursday.
Archaeologists have so far uncovered 65 of the 1 350 sphinxes that lined a path between temples during the time of Pharaoh Amenhotep III, who reigned 3 350 years ago.
The project will cost 60-million Egyptian pounds, half of which will be used to compensate about 2 000 families that must be relocated to make way for the roadway, Egypt's chief archaeologist Zahi Hawass told Reuters.
The Supreme Council of Antiquities was currently working on about a third of the 2.7km pathway lined with sphinxes, mythological creatures with the body of a lion and usually, although not always, the head of a human.
The remainder of the buried avenue will be uncovered in the next few years.
"In the area that we restored, we found many sphinxes," Hawass said. "We'll be excavating the rest of the road until it can go to Karnak, and this will take years."
Home to many of Egypt's most renowned antiquities, Luxor attracts thousands of sightseers to a country where tourism is a vital source of jobs and foreign currency.
In 2006 Egypt began a plan to demolish and relocate Gurna, a village near the Valley of the Kings, to access and preserve tombs buried beneath nearly 3 200 homes.
The government built the villagers new houses about 3km away, but many complained the new homes were too small for big families, and that people would lose their livelihoods in the tourist business.
"We are not moving anyone by force," Hawass said of the Sphinx
My comment about this is: I talked with the people the last 3 years about this. The true is that if you don't accept the sum of money which the Goverment offers you, they take your house. So you must leave. It's indirect by force.
The owners get a little sum of money. It's very bad. Because from this money they can't buy a new home near the city but outside far away from the city. The houses which the Goverment buy from the people are far more worth then they give the people. Beause their houses are on strategic artifacts points. They misused the people. And the Goverment get a lot of money from USA, UN and from the income of the turist. Shamely it's a bad example again for Egypt. The poor people can't do nothing. Even the middle class can't do nothing. The poor people will be more poor and the rich people will be more rich by using corruption. Almost whole Egypt is full of corruption. I see it with my own eyes. They say it will be better in Egypt for all the people. But it's going be worse and worse.
Why? Because of the internet more and more people open their eyes and more and more disclosures about the truth in Egypt. And the Illuminati loses grip of it. So they want to have more control over the 85 million Egyptians. Also buy depopulations.