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Mystery surrounds giant Egyptian sarcophagus


Posted on Friday, 13 July, 2018 | Comment icon 187 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 (187)

Tags: Egypt, Sarcophagus

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #178 Posted by justin3651 on 23 August, 2018, 2:50
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Comment icon #179 Posted by susieice on 23 August, 2018, 3:35
Thinking about these pictures. If that's a sewer and some type of pipe, look how close they came to this sarcophagus when they installed them. They would have needed to dig that area out well. Weren't there things found outside, like a marble bust. Just a thought.
Comment icon #180 Posted by seanjo on 23 August, 2018, 10:57
What you saw was a pit that has dried out in the Egyptian Sun. Egypt has seasons.  
Comment icon #181 Posted by seanjo on 23 August, 2018, 11:01
Whose to say it didn't, or doesn't? Maybe that's why they never got a whiff until they opened it, because of the pervading smell.
Comment icon #182 Posted by seanjo on 23 August, 2018, 11:09
I'm wondering if the second picture is a Roman Sewer.
Comment icon #183 Posted by Swede on 23 August, 2018, 17:51
Of interest: https://www.livescience.com/63384-black-sarcophagus-alexandria-inions.html .
Comment icon #184 Posted by susieice on 23 August, 2018, 19:53
This is interesting. The hole drilled in the skull of the male showed signs of having healed long before death. Since it was rarely done in Egypt, could that indicate travel or wealth? This is the first I've heard of the engravings. Interesting indeed!
Comment icon #185 Posted by susieice on 23 August, 2018, 19:55
If it was Roman, it would have been installed after the Ptolemy's. The sarcophagus is believe to have been buried between 304 BC to 30 BC, when Cleopatra died. Rome attained Egypt on her death.
Comment icon #186 Posted by susieice on 23 August, 2018, 19:57
No masks until after the sarcophagus was opened. There was no mention of an odor until then although it was uncovered 2 weeks before it was opened.
Comment icon #187 Posted by susieice on 23 August, 2018, 19:59
I see your points seanjo, but the pit wasn't opened that long and deep enough to be out of direct sunlight. Just still have questions about the sewage.


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