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Giant Egyptian sarcophagus has been opened


Posted on Friday, 20 July, 2018 | Comment icon 187 comments

The contents were not quite what anyone had expected. Image Credit: Facebook / Egypt Ministry of Antiquities
The contents of a mysterious giant-sized coffin discovered in Alexandria have finally been revealed.
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, dates back around 2,000 years and is the largest sarcophagus ever discovered in the city.

After it was first revealed, there was much speculation and debate over what was inside with some suggesting that it may even contain the remains of Alexander the Great himself.

Now though, after finally lifting the lid, archaeologists have revealed that the sarcophagus actually contains the remains of three human skeletons submerged in disgusting sewer water.

The smell was so bad that after the lid was lifted even slightly, the operation had to be postponed.

"We found the bones of three people, in what looks like a family burial," said Mostafa Waziri, secretary-general of the Supreme Council of Antiquities.

"Unfortunately the mummies inside were not in the best condition and only the bones remain."

Before it was opened, some had warned that the contents of the casket may be cursed.

"We've opened it and, thank God, the world has not fallen into darkness," said Waziri. "I was the first to put my whole head inside the sarcophagus... and here I stand before you... I am fine."

Source: BBC News | 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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