Mysterious black sarcophagus found in Alexandria

by Abel Hampton July 21, 2018, 0:56
Mysterious black sarcophagus found in Alexandria

Waziri was also quick to dispel the notion that opening the sarcophagus might unleash a curse, a rumour that spread quickly online when the sarcophagus was discovered.

REUTERS/Mohamed Abd El GhanyArchaeologists and workers stand over a coffin containing three mummies in Alexandria, Egypt July 19, 2018.

Could it contain the remains of ancient Macedonian leader Alexander the Great, or (less appealingly) a deadly curse?

David Milner, editor at Gamer Informer Australia, tweeted: "As a fan of Brendan Fraser's "The Mummy", I say don't open the cursed sarcophagus".

The Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities announced that after removing the massive granite lid, they found the skeletal remains of three people amid sewage water that had leaked in.

The Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities said the artifacts date to 2,613 B.C.

Due to the tomb's meager decor, scientists believe the mummies could have been soldiers from the Ptolemaic period, post 323 BC: one of the skulls showed marks consistent with arrow wounds.

Despite the presence of an alabaster head guarding the 2,000-year-old tomb, the astounding lack of silver and gold designs and trinkets has ruled out theories that the remains could be those of Alexander the Great.

Neither did the bodies belong to any other notable ruler in the Ptolemaic period (332 BC-30 BC) associated with Alexander the Great, or the subsequent Roman era, Waziri said.

Experts removed its granite cover on Thursday to find the shuffled bones of three skeletons inside.

Approximately two-metres high and weighing 27 tonnes, the tomb is the largest structure of its kind found intact.

"The Ministry of Antiquities' press office and I have received thousands calls from global and local media about this, all day along, in the last week", Mostafa Waziri, secretary-general of the Supreme Council of Antiquities, told Ahram Online.

The skeletons discovered inside the coffin will be transferred to the Alexandria National Museum for restoration, the Ministry of Antiquity said on its website.

He added: "We've opened it and, thank God, the world has not fallen into darkness".

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