Mystery of Alexandria sarcophagus may be revealed Thursday - Ancient Egypt - Heritage

Pauline Gross
July 21, 2018

Legends abounded about the sarcophagus, which construction workers found earlier this month more than 16 feet (5 metres) below ground in a residential area of Alexandria.

Waziri stressed that none of the three mummies belong to a Ptolemaic or Roman royal family and the coffin does not have inscriptions or a cartouche bearing their names. Given the coffin's large size and composition of granite, which would have had to be mined hundreds of miles away, experts said it was possible the coffin contained a man of importance, perhaps a nobleman of Alexander the Great.

A giant black sarcophagus has been opened up, and it's full of poo.

Egyptian archaeologists have dashed hopes that a newly-discovered ancient sarcophagus might contain the remains of Alexander the Great, finding instead what appeared to be a mummified family of three swimming in red liquid.

According to The Guardian, mummification specialist Shaaban Abdel Amonem pointed out evidence of arrow injuries on one of the skulls, indicating the buried corpses could have been soldiers.

"The sarcophagus has been opened, but we have not been hit by a curse", Mostafa Waziri, secretary general of Egypt's Supreme Council of Antiquities, told Egypt Today, which published live updates of the sarcophagus opening.

Ministry of Anitiquities
Ministry of Anitiquities

The coffin was found in a tomb in the city believed to be the final resting place of Alexander the Great and dates back to the Ptolemaic period between 305BC and 30BC.

"In this regard, he denied the rumors spread by some global newspapers that opening the sarcophagus would unleash the curse that would bring disaster to the world".

A massive black granite sarcophagus has been discovered by archaeologists in the Egyptian city of Alexandria.

Addressing media fears that disturbing the tomb could trigger an implacable Pharaoh's curse, Mr Waziri declared: "We've opened it and, thank God, the world has not fallen into darkness". The skeletons will be taken to the Alexandria's National Restoration Museum for further analysis to determine their cause of death.

"I was the first to put my whole head inside the sarcophagus.and here I stand before you".

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