In November 2017, a sphinx head standing six feet tall and weighing over three pounds was unearthed by six archaeologists. It's not thousands years of old, it's not even 100 years old. It was left behind in 1923 when Cecil B. DeMille filmed the silent movie “The Ten Commandments” on the sand dunes on the central California coastline.
Along the central California coast line is a little-known archaeology site and wildlife refuge in the farm town of Guadalupe, eight miles northwest of Santa Maria.
The Dunes Center works on excavating items unearthed from the massive set where Cecil B. DeMille filmed the silent movie “The Ten Commandments” in 1923.
As he was finishing the film, headlines around the world heralded the discovery of King Tut's tomb in Egypt.
After filming was complete, DeMille not wanting second-rate directors to use his dune set, he had his crew cover the entire 720-foot set in sand, covering twenty-one plaster sphinxes, the backdrops and the massive pharaoh's gate. He had used over 1,600 workers to build his "City of Pharaohs".He bought in a 1600 man crew to
Over the years, it crumbled and was buried in the scenic coastal dunes, becoming known as the Lost City of DeMille.
Director Peter Brosnan set out to find the ruins in the 1980s, though excavation didn’t begin until several years later. By then wind erosion had uncovered part of it.
Along with liquor bottles and tobacco tins, excavators have unearthed several sphinxes out of the 21 that were built for the set. The head of a sphinx was discovered in 2012, when the team returned to unearth the body in 2017, they found another one instead, which took eight days to remove.
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.
Some have seen Cecil B. DeMille's ghost at this old set. He often stated that his first Ten Commandments film was his favorite. Some feel this is the reason why he haunts these dunes.
DeMille was a flamboyant character that always wore riding boots, khaki breeches and a broad brimmed hat while he directed his films.
Witnesses state that they have seen his figure dressed in this attire standing in front of his old set, his feet firmly planted in the sand.
His ghost is known to motion to witnesses to move. Some speculate he felt he was "directing" them.
Other witnesses have stated that his ghost glared at them while they talked--it seems he is aware of the living.
Source - SeeksGhosts
Marlene at Miami Ghost Chronicles is a freelance writer and paranormal researcher.
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