Burial of an Egyptian great? Mystery of newly discovered tomb now solved

Aaron Brown
July 21, 2018

Legends abounded about the sarcophagus, which was first found over 16 feet below ground by construction workers in a residential area of Alexandria earlier this month.

Here is a video footage showing a man pouring red-colored liquid found inside the tomb after taking samples to be analyzed by the archaeological team assigned to assigned to supervise the opening of the mysterious sarcophagus.

Archaeologists in Alexandria opened the tomb on Thursday, and the results are likely to disappoint: three skeletons floating in dirty water, according to Egypt's Ministry of Antiquities.

Egypt's Ministry of Antiquities has excavated 10 other sealed sarcophagi in Minya, south of Cairo, this year.

Three metres long and thought to be 2,000 years old, the tomb was found next to a giant alabaster head.

According to The Guardian, mummification specialist Shaaban Abdel Amonem pointed out evidence of arrow injuries on one of the skulls, indicating the buried corpses could have been soldiers.

The box itself weight 27 tonnes, and is nearly three metres long, the largest structure of its kind ever found intact.

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When a black granite sarcophagus was found at the bottom of a pit in Alexandria, Egypt, this past week, the discovery immediately prompted questions and theories ranging from the sensible to the supernatural.

Daring experts ignored warnings the 9ft black coffin, found in the city of Alexandria, housed an evil curse and opened it regardless to find three skeletons submerged in rancid-smelling water.

"The sarcophagus has been opened, but we have not been hit by a curse", Mostafa Waziri, secretary general of Egypt's Supreme Council of Antiquities, told Egypt Today, which published live updates of the sarcophagus opening.

"We've opened it and, thank God, the world has not fallen into darkness".

Archaeologists believe it is 2,000 years old, dating back to the early Ptolemaic period, which began around 323 B.C. Since that's when Alexander The Great died, some people speculated it might contain his remains.

The skeletons will be studied further at a restoration museum, while the sarcophagus itself will preserved for historical purposes.

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