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Archaeologists in Egypt open large black granite sarcophagus found in Alexandria


Archaeologists in Egypt have opened a large, sealed, black granite sarcophagus dating 2,300 years in the coastal city of Alexandria.

Archaeologists in Egypt open large black granite sarcophagus found in Alexandria
Only waterlogged skeletal remains were found in the sarcophagus
[Credit: Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities]
The discovery, announced earlier this month, triggered speculation in local and international media about its contents.

Archaeologists in Egypt open large black granite sarcophagus found in Alexandria
The sarcophagus, which is almost two metres high and three metres in length, was discovered last week
[Credit: Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities]
However, Al-Waziri told reporters that only skeletal remains and sewage water were found in the sarcophagus, quashing speculation that it belonged to some ancient ruler.

Archaeologists in Egypt open large black granite sarcophagus found in Alexandria
Archaeologists removing the sarcophagus lid
[Credit: Ministry of Antiquities]
He said the sarcophagus, weighting some 30 tons, likely belonged to a wealthy family that lived during the Ptolemaic era.

Source: The Associated Press [July 19, 2018]

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1 comment :

  1. Perhaps proximity to the lost burial place of the Ptolemaic pharaohs was a mark of prestige for this wealthy dead person. Could we be getting closer to the resting place of Alexander and Prolemy I?

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