Under the sand in the Nipomo dune field is the Egyptian set from Cecil B. DeMille's epic movie "The Ten Commandments," buried there by the crew after shooting ended in 1923. 1,600 workers were employed to build the plaster and wood set for the month-long shoot, a set which included an avenue of 21 sphinxes, four 35-foot tall Pharaoh statues, and 110-foot tall gates. Strong winds across the coastal dunes are gradually exposing the remains. In 2014, a team of archaeologists managed to unearth two of the 12-foot tall, five ton sphinxes, which were then put on display at a local cultural center.
Ten Commandments Archeological Site