Black Sarcophagus Unearthed In Egypt... And It's Still Sealed

Mystery surrounds black granite sarcophagus found with alabaster head

The size of the sarcophagus is of particular significance, Science Alert said.

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.

In order to do construction work in most places in Alexandria, an observer from the Ministry of Antiquities has to be present to monitor the digging associated with the project.

A marble bust of a man, who might be the tomb's owner, was also found inside.

Archaeological digs around ancient Egyptian sites still have plenty of secrets to give up yet - like the huge, black granite sarcophagus just discovered at an excavation in the city of Alexandria, on the northern coast of Egypt.

Alexandria was founded by Alexander the Great, and the location and dating of the tomb around the ruler's death has led to social media speculation the sarcophagus might belong to him.

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The mysterious sarcophagus was discovered close to an alabaster sculpture of a head.

Officials hope to learn more when the tomb is opened, but that process won't be easy.

A 30-ton archaeological sarcophagus was found below a building in Alexandria governorate, Egypt, by the security forces, Mostafa Waziri, general secretary of the Supreme Council of Antiquities, announced on July 1.

The sarcophagus, whose age is estimated at 2000 years old, did not open the burial: it is covered with a pristine layer of a special solution. 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.

Without opening the sarcophagus, there are few clues about the identity of the man entombed inside.

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

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