Mysterious ancient sarcophagus finally opened after weeks of speculation

Archaeologists uncovered an ancient tomb dating back to the Ptolemaic period

Egyptian archaeologists have opened a mysterious 30-ton black sarcophagus to find the skeletons of what are thought to be three ancient warriors floating in red sewage water.

The 2,000 year old tomb was discovered on July 1 in Alexandria.

Two weeks ago, archaeologists working in the ancient city of Alexandria in northern Egypt, discovered a giant lack granite tomb measures nearly 10ft long.

Discovered in the Egyptian city of Alexandria next to an alabaster statue of a man's head, the black granite coffin is thought to come from the Ptolemaic period (323-30 BC) and is nearly 9 feet long, 5 feet wide and 6 feet deep.

Found 16 feet below ground, the sarcophagus is the largest ever discovered in Alexandria and the lid was sealed to the body with a layer of mortar.

19 2018 by the Egyptian Antiques ministry shows skeletons in the black granite sarcophagus uncovered early this month in the Sidi Gaber district of Alexandria filled with sewage water
Huge Egyptian sarcophagus found to contain three mummies

The 30-ton coffin is the largest yet found in Alexandria, prompting a swirl of theories in local and worldwide media that it may be the resting place of the ancient Greek ruler who in 331 BC founded the city that still bears his name.

Two experts, who remained unnamed while speaking to National Geographic as they work for the Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities, believe it is likely the sarcophagus was some sort of Roman burial - who had presence in northern Africa at the time.

Dr. Mostafa Waziri, Secretary-General of the Supreme Council of Antiquities, announced the sarcophagus had been filled with sewage water which had leaked from a sewage trench, as well the remains of three skeletons.

"The sarcophagus has been opened, but we have not been hit by a curse", said Waziri, dismissing claims made by some United Kingdom media outlets about "possible curse" could be cast on the world in case the tomb was opened.

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