Archeologists Dig Up 90-Year-Old Movie Set in California

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Over 90 years ago, filmmaker Cecil B. DeMille began a massive undertaking.

Retelling the religious epic about the Jewish exodus from Egypt, 21 massive sphinxes and an 800-foot-wide temple were created to bring 1923 moviegoers back in time.

It was said that these relics from “The Ten Commandments” were blown up with dynamite and buried in the sands of the Guadalupe-Nipomo Dunes in California’s Santa Barbara County.

But now, archeologists have been let in to a little known secret of elder residents of the area: some of the plaster-made set was left mostly intact.

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“The old-timers have always known it was out there,” Shirley Boydstun of the Rancho de Guadalupe Historical Society, told CBS.

Since discovering one sphinx in 2012, teams have been trying to unearth the statues before they become sand and wind damaged. To keep the relics safe, the team covered the pieces of the sphinx in liquid consolidant and wrapped them in cheesecloth, M. Colleen Hamilton, a senior historical archaeologist and leader of the excavation, told CBS.

Once excavations are complete, the remains of the set will be on display at the nearby Guadalupe-Nipomo Dunes Center.

 

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