It's not ancient history, but the Egyptian-style artifacts from Cecil B. DeMille's "Ten Commandments" continue to be unearthed in the Guadalupe-Nipomo dunes on the central coast of California.
The most recent discovery is a 300-lb. Intact plaster sphinx head, which was unearthed in early November by archaeologists who excavated the 95-year-old film set.
"The piece is different from anything found in previous excavations," Doug Jenzen, executive director of Guadalupe-Nipomo Dunes Center, said in a statement. "Most of it is preserved in the sand with the original painting intact."
Jenzen observed that, although the 1923 film was black and white, the set, designed by Peter Iribe, was painted in vivid colors. DeMille had an extensive set built between the vast dunes that included pharoahs, sphinxes and colossal temple gates.
Along with bottles of liquor and cans of tobacco, the excavators have unearthed several sphinxes of the 21 that were built for the whole. Director Peter Brosnan set out to find the ruins in the 1980s, although excavation did not begin until several years later.
Brosnan's 2017 documentary "The Lost City of Cecil B. DeMille" tells the story of the project, including interviews with residents who witnessed the filming in 1923.
The Hollywood Foreign Press Association is a of organizations that help finance costly excavation activities. The artifacts can be seen in the museum of the Dunes Center in Guadeloupe, where the last sphinx head will be displayed in the summer of 2018.