That Massive Black Sarcophagus Was Opened. Here's What's Inside

Elias Hubbard
July 20, 2018

The sarcophagus in Alexandria is the latest of a series of interesting archaeological finds this year in Egypt that include a 4,400-year-old tomb in Giza and an ancient necropolis in Minya, south of Cairo.

Waziri added that the sarcophagus is unusual for its size; it's the largest to ever be discovered in Alexandria.

The ministry said it was likely that sewage water had seeped through a fracture in the coffin. 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.

Credit: Courtesy Egypt's Ministry of Antiquities.

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.

Egypt's antiquities ministry had vigorously dismissed the chances of finding Alexander's remains inside the 30-tonne sarcophagus and on Thursday its scepticism was vindicated.

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 other archaeologist believes that the burial itself may also actually date to the Roman period, which follows the Ptolemaic period, based on its "high" elevation (the sarcophagus was uncovered just 15 feet below the modern street surface)". Waziri's point was another shot at internet sleuths who believed that Alexander the Great might have been buried in the box.

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.

Some even thought that the sarcophagus might contain the body of Alexander the Great, whose grave has never been found.

Nevertheless, the skeletons will be moved to the National Museum of Alexandria to be studied.

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