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Giant Egyptian sarcophagus has been opened

Posted on Friday, 20 July, 2018 | Comment icon 161 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 (161)

Tags: Egypt, Sarcophagus

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #152 Posted by susieice on 27 July, 2018, 17:53
Click on the link. This petition is real, unfortunately.
Comment icon #153 Posted by ouija ouija on 27 July, 2018, 18:39
I arrive very late to this thread. I've enjoyed reading it .... it's fascinating! Thank you to all the posters who've brought so much background stuff to the story.
Comment icon #154 Posted by Chortle on 27 July, 2018, 18:57
Its real; I was meaning to point that comment at the high volume of respondents smacks of either 4chan or reddit users having a laugh.
Comment icon #155 Posted by The Caspian Hare on 27 July, 2018, 19:45
Drinking the Sarcophagus Soup kills you. Or gives you amazing superpowers. But mostly it kills you.
Comment icon #156 Posted by susieice on 31 July, 2018, 16:16
This sarcophagus was opened two weeks ago. Surely the analysis of the liquid found inside is finished by now, or at least a lot of it. Still, no release of information from the Antiquities Dept. My curiosity is overwhelming. I wonder when they will make this public.
Comment icon #157 Posted by Rlyeh on 31 July, 2018, 16:38
So far none of them have been giant.
Comment icon #158 Posted by DieChecker on 3 August, 2018, 12:33
I'm not sure I buy that it is sewage water. If there was sewage water in the stone sarcophagus, then wouldn't there have been signs of sewage all around the sarcophagus? It looked like regular hard dry packed desert dirt to me. You'd think at least there'd be red tinged dirt/sand surrounding thesarcophagus.
Comment icon #159 Posted by DieChecker on 3 August, 2018, 12:35
Seems like the "Egyptian Scientists" called it poop water and everyone just decided to say, "Well, OK then....."
Comment icon #160 Posted by susieice on 3 August, 2018, 13:09
I know. I just can't accept this as sewage. It would have been in the soil around the sarcophagus also if that was the case. It wouldn't have only gone inside it. That makes no sense at all to me. They must really think we're stupid.
Comment icon #161 Posted by susieice on 15 August, 2018, 22:33
Still nothing. They must have learned something by now

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