Published: Fri, July 20, 2018

Black sarcophagus found in Egypt opened despite curse warnings

Black sarcophagus found in Egypt opened despite curse warnings

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

Egypt started opening the mysterious sarcophagus unearthed 20 days ago in Alexandria, amid rumors over a "possible curse" that could be cast on the world once the sarcophagus is opened.

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

Pictures released by the ministry show the sarcophagus full of the liquid sewage, which must have seeped in at some point. Analysis of the skeletal remains is ongoing, but initial results suggest that one of the individuals found in the sarcophagus suffered a blow from an arrow, the ministry said in the statement. A worn alabaster head of a man was found nearby the burial site, and may be the structures inhabitants, according to National Geographic.

More specifically, archaeologists from Egypt's Ministry of Antiquities found three male skeletons in a reddish-brown slop.


The coffin was "filled with sewage which leaked through the grove in this area, plus three skeletons", Mostafa Waziri, general secretary of Egypt's Supreme Council of Antiquities, reported today in an Arabic-language Facebook update.

Egyptian archaeologists on Thursday dashed local hopes that a newly discovered ancient sarcophagus might contain the remains of Alexander the Great, finding instead the mummies of what appeared to be a family of three. It's believe is Alexander the Great who founded the city in 331 B.C. His tomb has never been found. Once the last pharaoh, Cleopatra VII, killed herself in 30 B.C., the Roman Empire took over Egypt.

Due to unprecedented pressure from worldwide media, the Ministry of Antiquities accelerated the process of opening the massive black sarcophagus which had been found in Alexandria.

"If nothing was found inside the sarcophagus and we did not find any inscriptions on the coffin's body, we will keep it in place until it can be lifted later", he said.

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