Mysterious Black Sarcophagus Finally Opened in Egypt

The coffin's discovery at the beginning of July caused a stir

Now experts will prise open the ancient sarcophagus in the hope new secrets will be uncovered.

On July 1, Egypt unearthed a 2,000-year-old sarcophagus in Alexandria, revealing that it is made of black granite of about 265 meters in length and 185 cm in height.

The almost nine-foot-long sarcophagus was discovered in the course of pre-construction building inspections in Alexandria's Sidi Gaber district.

The tomb was found buried five metres beneath the surface and the help of Egyptian military engineers was required to open the 15-tonne lid.

Theories had been rattling around that it belonged to Alexander the Great, whose burial place has never been found and the person in which Alexandria is named after.

Ministry of Antiquities photos shows workers preparing to open the black granite sarcophagus that was discovered in Sidi Gaber district, Alexandria, Egypt.

Mostafa Waziri said cold water was poured over the sarcophagus in a ritual
Mostafa Waziri said cold water was poured over the sarcophagus in a ritual

Waziry, accompanied by a team of specialists in mummification and restoration, instead found three mummies and a red liquid he identified as sewage water, believed to have entered the sarcophagus through a crack on its right side, causing the decomposition of the mummies. Some observers thought it may contain the corpse of Alexander the Great, as the sarcophagus dates back to the early Ptolemaic period, or around 323 B.C., which began following Alexander's death.

The prospect of opening the long-sealed sarcophagus had stirred fears in Egyptian media that it could unleash a 1,000-year curse.

Mr Waziri said it was unlikely the remains found this week belonged to any notable members of the Ptolemaic dynasty (332 BC-30 BC) associated with Alexander the Great, or the subsequent Roman era. He also stated that the weight of the sarcophagus is not abnormal, as coffins weighting more than 90 tons have been found in the past.

Two weeks ago, archaeologists working in the ancient city of Alexandria in northern Egypt, discovered a giant lack granite tomb measures nearly 10ft long.

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

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