2000-year-old Sarcophagus discovered in Egypt

Elias Hubbard
July 12, 2018

The tomb, which is believed to date to the Ptolemaic period, running roughly from 305 B.C.to 30 B.C., was found about 16 feet below ground during archaeological excavations ahead of construction of a new building, Smithsonian said.

Inside the tomb, they also found a disembodied alabaster head with its features completely eroded off, which likely belonged to the person in the tomb and is also creepy as hell.

It was discovered in the ancient city of Alexandria and a layer of mortar between the lid and the body of the sarcophagus is evidence that it has not been opened since it was closed more than 2000 years ago.

Under Egyptian law, due to the vast history which is associated with the country, construction firms are required to commission an archaeological dig on site before they begin building.

Inspection of the sarcophagus revealed that it is made of black granite of about 265 meters in length and 185 cm in height; the security forces coordinated with the Engineering Department of the Armed Forces, as well as the Tourism Police, to extract the sarcophagus.

Archaeologists will now attempt to find out what is inside of the mysterious coffin without damaging it. Just me? Well, great news if you're me: a huge 2,000-year-old sarcophagus has been unearthed in Egypt and, so far, we have no idea what's inside it.

The newly discovered sarcophagus will remain under constant guard as scientists work to solve the mystery of who - or what - is inside it.

AFP Photo via Getty Images An ancient tomb dating to the Ptolemaic period in the Sidi Gaber district of Alexandria, Egypt.

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