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Uzbekistan is a land of a great historic heritage and ancient culture. Located in the very heart of Central Asia, ever since ancient times it has been at the crossroads stretching from the Orient to the West. Many mysteries and secrets that traveled along the Great Silk Road are buried in the sands and mountains of this country. Very few of them have been unearthed.
Vokrug Sveta, a popular Soviet magazine, carried a fascinating article in 1967 (Issue 4). S. Abdulleayev and Sh. Babashev of the Karakalpak State Museum published a brief report about a most unusual discovery in the Central Asia.
Sometime in the 1960s, a Soviet construction crew was at work in the mountains, placing electrical lines. Their bulldozer chewed into the rocky soil, with great difficulty overcoming numerous geological obstacles. One day, a grinding sound put a sudden end to the operation. A marble plate, almost completely covered by detritus, was lying under the bulldozer’s blade. The driver stepped down and carefully used his glove to wipe off the dirt.
The cold marble eyes of a strange creature stared at him. Next to the plate he found an identical head, which had been cut off by the bulldozer. The strange head possessed steep, bent down horns. The two-headed sphinx was carefully removed from the ground.
Years have gone by, but no one was ever able to determine the origins of the mysterious sphinx. No one ever learned why the sphinx was buried in the ground: was it part of some strange ritual, or was the sphinx hidden from enemies of its owners or worshippers? ...
Read the rest of this article in the May 2006 issue of FATE
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