Published: Sat, July 21, 2018
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Mystery Egyptian Sarcophagus Is Finally Opened

Mystery Egyptian Sarcophagus Is Finally Opened

The 30-tonne coffin, the largest yet found in Alexandria, prompted a swirl of theories in local and worldwide media that it may be the resting place of the ancient Macedonian ruler, who founded the city that still bears his name in 331 BC.

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 tomb was found buried five metres beneath the surface and the help of Egyptian military engineers was required to open the 15-tonne lid.

One of the skulls appeared to have an arrow wound in it, leading the Ministry of Antiquity to conclude the bodies were likely soldiers. But more answers can be expected after forensic examinations, which will take place at the Alexandria National Museum, according to Egyptian state media reports.

Despite rumours it is unlikely the tomb belongs to Alexander the Great - although it could contain the body of a wealthy nobleman.

"We've opened it and, thank God, the world has not fallen into darkness", announced Mostafa Waziri, secretary-general of Egypt's Supreme Council of Antiquities.

Archeologists also discovered a huge alabaster head in the tomb.

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The three mummies, all buried together, were not Ptolemaic or Roman royals.

He further pointed out that no evidence such as silver or gold metallic masks, small statues, amulets or inscriptions were found to prove that the mummies belong to a royal family. The 30-ton tomb was found at a depth of 5 meters beneath the surface of the land.

A team of scientists has survived the opening of an allegedly cursed sarcophagus in Alexandria, Egypt, to find the deteriorating remains of three skeletons.

"The sarcophagus has been opened, but we have not been hit by a curse", Waziri said.

The mysterious box was discovered two weeks ago, and there was feverish speculation that it contained the remains of Alexander the Great, or possibly some sort of ancient curse or malignant entity.

If you believe in curses, it's always going to be a bit of a risk to open an ancient sarcophagus and disturb the spirits within.

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