Mysterious Black Sarcophagus Finally Opened

Egyptian archaeologists reveal contents of mysterious giant sarcophagus in Alexandria

Authorities open 2,000-year-old sarcophagus, apparently avoid curse

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.

An alabaster bust, its features weathered beyond recognition, was also found with the sarcophagus.

As a result, the three mummies were seriously decomposed, leaving just bones among red-brown sewage water. The exact location of his tomb remains a mystery.

Initially the plan was to excavate the sarcophagus over days and open it at a museum, where its lid would be pried open.

Egyptian archaeologists dashed local hopes that the 30-ton black granite coffin - the largest yet found in Alexandria - may contain the remains of Alexander the Great.

Discovered earlier this month, the mysterious tomb - believed to be the largest uncovered in Alexandria, according to the antiquities ministry - has sparked worldwide speculation about its contents.

"The Ministry of Antiquities' press office and I have received thousands calls from worldwide and local media about this, all day along, in the last week", Mostafa Waziri, secretary-general of the Supreme Council of Antiquities, told Ahram Online.

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                    The sarcophagus is moved from the site in Alexandria Egypt
Mohamed Abd El Ghany Reuters The sarcophagus is moved from the site in Alexandria Egypt

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 tomb is believed to be from the early Ptolemaic period, between 305 BC to 30 BC - after the death of Macedonian ruler Alexander the Great in 323 BC.

The three skeletons found in the sarcophagus were most likely soldiers, according to Egypt's antiquities ministry, and one skull showed signs of fractures caused by a sharp instrument.

Archeologists have finally uncovered a mysterious 2000-year-old sarcophagus that was discovered in Alexandria, Egypt, at the beginning of July.

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

Addressing concerns that examining the tomb could unleash a Pharaoh's curse, Waziri said, "We've opened it and, thank God, the world has not fallen into darkness", the BBC reports.

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