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Blast From the Past: 100-Year-Old Ten Commandments' Artifacts Emerging in California Sand Dunes

Julie Brown Patton : Nov 30, 2015 : The Gospel Herald

That would be Cecil B. DeMille's 1920's classic of the Biblical story. "Man has made 32 million laws," he said, "since the Commandments were handed down to Moses on Mount Sinai more than 3,000 years ago, but he has never improved on God's law."

(Los Angeles, CA)—Artifacts from the epic movie "The Ten Commandments" are starting to surface from underneath the Guadalupe-Nipomo Dunes in California. (Photo via

Because the movie set wasn't restored to its natural state, as originally planned when the movie was created in the 1920s, unanticipated relics have begun surfacing. Archaeologists recently flew over the movie's former area in central California to spot the gems from beneath shifting sand. They specifically are searching for the camp that anchored the team who developed the silent film.

M. Colleen Hamilton, an archeologist with Applied Earthworks, the company assisting with the search, said Ten Commandments' director Cecil B. DeMille's studio had a contract to return the area to its original state once the filming was complete. But "evidence shows that didn't happen," Hamilton told KCBX-FM Central Coast Radio. (Photo via Gospel Herald)

The Guadalupe-Nipomo Dunes are a National Natural Landmark.

A giant sphinx was found in the dunes earlier this year and it's currently on display at the nonprofit Dunes Center in Guadalupe. More remains are expected to be found from a "lost city" that boasted a huge temple, four more sphinxes, massive statues, a 750-foot-long wall, and amenities.

Hamilton said roughly 2,500 people lived in the camp for several months during the film's production.

"We have one historical photograph of the camp itself and we're trying to align that with features that are currently..."

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