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Archaeologists opened a mysterious Egyptian sarcophagus. Here's what they found

Archaeologists opened a mysterious Egyptian sarcophagus. Here's what they found

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

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.

Inside were three disarticulated skeletons floating in sewer water, said archaeologist Shaaban Abdul on the Ministry of Antiquities' Facebook page.

The sarcophagus was found earlier this year, five metres beneath the city of Alexandria, by construction workers.

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.

The end of the world may be upon us as archaeologists dare to open an estimated 2,000-year-old sarcophagus found in Alexandria, Egypt.

The mysterious box was discovered two weeks ago, and there was feverish speculation that it contained the remains of Alexander the Great, or possibly some sort of ancient curse or malignant entity.

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

Waziri said the lack of death masks in precious metals, amulets, statuettes or inscriptions on the sarcophagus meant the bodies were unlikely to be those of Ptolemaic or Roman royals.

Addressing concerns that examining the tomb could unleash a Pharaoh's curse, Waziri said, "We've opened it and, thank God, the world has not fallen into darkness", the BBC reports.

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.

The sarcophagus, nearly three metres across and two metres high, is believed to date from the early Ptolemaic period, which began following the death of Alexander in 323BC. "Mark Antony died in Alexandria around the same time as the dating of this sarcophagus".

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


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