Egyptian archaeologists reveal contents of mysterious giant sarcophagus in Alexandria

Impending apocalypse? Egypt poised to open mystery black sarcophagus & Twitter fears worst

A mysterious, black, granite sarcophagus discovered in Alexandria, Egypt, dating to a time after Alexander the Great conquered the area in 332 B.C., has been opened.

The sarcophagus was found earlier this year, five metres beneath the city of Alexandria, by construction workers. Neither seem to be true ... unless stinky sewage causes some sort of torment. These may be those of soldiers, Egypt's antiquities ministry said in a statement issued today (July 19) in Arabic.

The ministry said it was likely that sewage water had seeped through a fracture in the coffin.

He further pointed out that no evidence such as silver or gold metallic masks, small statues, amulets or inscriptions were found to prove that the mummies belong to a royal family. This suggests that the giant black box hadn't been opened since it was closed two millennia ago, according to the official announcement from the Ministry of Antiquities.

Credit: Courtesy Egypt's Ministry of Antiquities.

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. It's uncertain if that suggestion is accurate. Those fears were put to rest on Thursday, when the sarcophagus was finally opened.

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The opening of the sarcophagus creates a series of new mysteries for Egyptologists to tackle: Who were these three people?

Abu al-Ela said that they will use thick pipes to raise the sarcophagus lid until they can see inside. What were they buried with (if anything)?

Theories had been rattling around that it belonged to Alexander the Great, whose burial place has never been found and the person in which Alexandria is named after. The Ptolemaic dynasty famously ended with Cleopatra's suicide during the Roman conquest of Greece and Egypt around 30 B.C. These pharaohs were involved in numerous wars and conflicts, and it's possible the three individuals found in the sarcophagus were killed in one of these squirmishes. The exact age of the skeletons is unclear.

Here is a video footage showing a man pouring red-colored liquid found inside the tomb after taking samples to be analyzed by the archaeological team assigned to assigned to supervise the opening of the mysterious sarcophagus.

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

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