Mysterious Black Sarcophagus Finally Opened

Remigio Civitarese
Luglio 20, 2018

There's been a variety of speculation as to what lay inside the 30-ton black granite tomb, with some suggesting it was the long-lost tomb of Alexander the Great.

The sludge, they think, leaked into the sarcophagus from a nearby sewage trough. These may be those of soldiers, Egypt's antiquities ministry said in a statement issued today (July 19) in Arabic.

Credit: Courtesy Egypt's Ministry of Antiquities.

Because of the sarcophagus' huge size - it weighs an estimated 60,000 pounds according to National Geographic - archaeologists faced enormous logistical problems removing it from its burial site.

The sarcophagus, which is almost 9 feet long, 5 feet wide and 6 feet tall (2.7 by 1.5 by 1.8 meters) - the largest found in Alexandria - was discovered with a thick layer of mortar covering much of it, Mostafa Waziri, secretary general of Egypt's Supreme Council of Antiquities, said in a statement released by Egypt's antiquities ministry.

Egyptian archaeologists say they've opened up a mysterious black sarcophagus found during excavations in Alexandria, and although they didn't uncover the evil curse that some feared, they did uncover an evil-looking mess.

After the death of Alexander the Great in 323 B.C., a line of pharaohs descended from one of Alexander's generals ruled Egypt for centuries. The Ptolemaic dynasty famously ended with Cleopatra's suicide during the Roman conquest of Greece and Egypt around 30 B.C.

Egyptian excavation workers labor outside the site of the newly discovered giant black sarcophagus in Sidi Gaber district of Alexandria, Egypt July 19, 2018 in this handout picture courtesy of the Ministry of Antiquities.

Ancient bones sit in a pool of sewage water inside an Egyptian sarcophagus.

The skeletons are believed to be three warriors, as one of the skulls bears a wound resulted from the hit of an arrow, according to the Ministry of Antiquity.

Nevertheless, the skeletons will be moved to the National Museum of Alexandria to be studied.

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