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Mystery surrounds giant Egyptian sarcophagus

Posted on Friday, 13 July, 2018 | Comment icon 100 comments

What's inside this sarcophagus ? Image Credit: Facebook / Egypt Ministry of Antiquities
The huge black granite sarcophagus was unearthed in Alexandria and nobody yet knows what's inside it.
Measuring a whopping 9ft long, 5ft wide and 6ft tall, the casket, which was unearthed at a building site following a preliminary inspection by a team from Egypt's antiquities ministry, is believed to be the largest sarcophagus ever found in the city.

Dating back around 2,000 years, the coffin was found covered in a thick layer of mortar, suggesting that it hasn't been opened since it was first buried in the ground. If this turns out to be the case, then there is a chance that it contains, not only human remains, but priceless artefacts as well.

An alabaster head, which may depict the deceased, was also found in the tomb.

Some have speculated that, due to the time period in which it was buried, there is a chance that the sarcophagus may contain the body of someone connected to Alexander the Great.

The reason for its enormous size however continues to remain something of an enigma.

It will be interesting to see what is found inside when the casket is opened in the near future.

Update - Giant Egyptian sarcophagus has been opened

Source: Live Science | Comments (100)

Tags: Egypt, Sarcophagus

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #91 Posted by seanjo on 22 July, 2018, 8:03
Comment icon #92 Posted by seanjo on 22 July, 2018, 9:33
Jesus Christ!
Comment icon #93 Posted by Dark_Grey on 22 July, 2018, 15:34
Sure seems like a very expensive way to forget soemone...I wish we had examples of burials that were like this one. I am far from an expert but I don't recall ever seeing 3 bodies stuffed in one box before, much less without any trinkets or recognizable items. Do we have confirmed thief/murderer/bad guy burials to compare it to?
Comment icon #94 Posted by susieice on 22 July, 2018, 15:40
I'm not any kind of an expert either. Just going on limited knowledge here and looking online at what's been written. I never heard of or found a reference to any other burial like this one. I'm just guessing Akhenaten and Nefertiti may have graves like this. May be why they can't be found. I'm going to keep looking around.
Comment icon #95 Posted by skliss on 22 July, 2018, 19:21
What's odd too is having 3 people and only one bust. I still think ancient murder mystery....3 thieves attempt to rob a grave, First two thieves are murdered by the 3rd and thrown in with the grave occupant. 3rd thief takes all the funeral items except the bust and skeddaddles. That's why there is nothing left, no beads, no amulets, nothing of value.
Comment icon #96 Posted by Myles on 22 July, 2018, 20:14
That is certainly a mystery. Could the bust be of someone protecting to make sure the coffin is not disturbed in any way? Maybe it is the person who these 3 guys did so wrong?
Comment icon #97 Posted by The Wistman on 22 July, 2018, 21:24
Such an anomaly, not like any other Egyptian burial. Off hand, I'd speculate we've stumbled upon an ancient deception. Someone of wealth and importance was supposed to be buried there in that sarcophagus (it's not a coffin). The alabaster head is probably the remnants of a portrait head of the purported deceased. If the rich guy only wanted to seem dead, he might have faked it somehow or other, skipped away, and filled the empty sarcophagus with his three henchmen who thought they were going to be richly rewarded, but knew too much to be left alive. How such a subterfuge was carried out I ... [More]
Comment icon #98 Posted by susieice on 22 July, 2018, 22:25
It would have taken more than 3 people to lower that sarcophagus and then the lid. It would have taken large machinery to lower it. This thing weighs 30 tons. It also had to be mortared shut. This isn't a burial that was done on the sly. I keep coming back to the same conclusion from everything I've found. These people were put there with no hope of an afterlife and the intention of erasing them from memory.
Comment icon #99 Posted by susieice on 22 July, 2018, 23:15
Agreed. This thing was transported to Alexandria. It would not be easy lowering this 66,000 box 15 ft down, if it wasn't deeper back then, and then the lid. Keep looking at this post of yours. Wasn't aware up until now there were others. Were any of them ever opened?
Comment icon #100 Posted by susieice on 23 July, 2018, 2:41
This is the most recent article I can find. The Ministryof Antiquities wants everyone to know that is not a juice for mummiescontaining an elixir of life. Here's what Live Science is saying.

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