Tuesday, 17 July, 2018

Huge sarcophagus discovered in Egypt leaves historians BAFFLED

What's Inside This Massive Egyptian Sarcophagus Mystery surrounds black granite sarcophagus found with alabaster head
Deanna Wagner | 13 July, 2018, 17:01

What really stands out about the solemn-looking coffin is its size.

The tomb was found in the city's Sidi Gaber district and researchers believe the site dates back to the Ptolemaic period between 305 BCE and 30 BCE.

Inspection of the sarcophagus revealed that it is made of black granite of about 265 meters in length and 185 cm in height; the security forces coordinated with the Engineering Department of the Armed Forces, as well as the Tourism Police, to extract the sarcophagus.

The nearly three-metre long by two-metre high sarcophagus was discovered in a long-concealed tomb below the earth during a survey of a plot of land for a building construction.

When the team found it, they discovered a layer of mortar between the lid and the body of the sarcophagus, which suggests it has not been opened in 2,000 years. "Maybe his name will be written inside or maybe there will be some inscriptions, and maybe we will find a mummy or wooden coffin, or maybe we will find nothing", Waziri added.

As Jason Daley at the Smithsonian reports, down the centuries Alexandria has developed to be such a busy, crowded city that finding relics can be a challenge - anything that has managed to survive is often hard to get to.

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A new mystery awaits history buffs in Egypt.

We haven't been short of incredible finds in Egypt this year.

In February, archaeologists announced the discovery of a 4400-year-old tomb near the pyramids.

Then in April, a rare Greco-Roman temple was found.

The Guardian quoted Ayman Ashmawy, head of ancient Egyptian artefacts at Egypt's Ministry of Antiquities, saying it was hoped the tomb belonged to a high dignitary. We'll be keeping a close eye on this sarcophagus to see what it might reveal.