2000-year-old Sarcophagus discovered in Egypt

Blanche Robertson
July 13, 2018

An Egyptian archaeological mission from the Supreme Council of Antiquities uncovered the ancient tomb, which dates back to the Ptolemaic period.

Alexandria is full of ancient Egyptian antiquities, which makes citizens illegally dig to search for these monuments below their buildings.

Image: An alabaster head was found in the catacombs.

According to the Ministry of Antiquities, the black granite sarcophagus was found in the Sidi Gaber district of Alexandria by workers completing an excavation of a site marked out for development.

"When we open the sarcophagus, we hope to find objects inside that are intact, which will help us to identify this person and their position", Ashmawy said.

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Experts say it's the largest tomb found in the city, with a height of 1.85m, length of 2.65m and a width of 1.65m.

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. It most likely belongs to the owner of the sarcophagus, the Ministry said.

"It is hard to lift the sarcophagus up as it weighs about 30 tons and the place is very tight, so we might have to open it inside the tomb, lift the lid up first and then lift the body of the tomb", Dr. Mostafa Waziri, Secretary-General of the Supreme Council of Antiquities, told CBS News. Just me? Well, great news if you're me: a huge 2,000-year-old sarcophagus has been unearthed in Egypt and, so far, we have no idea what's inside it. We can not speculate at this point about the identity of the owner, as the exterior of the sarcophagus does not have engravings or drawings.

Archaeologists will now attempt to find out what is inside of the mysterious coffin without damaging it.

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