Published: Sat, July 21, 2018
Global Media | By Derrick Guzman

Mystery 30-ton sarcophagus in Egypt found to contain three mummies

Mystery 30-ton sarcophagus in Egypt found to contain three mummies

A mysterious black sarcophagus discovered in Egypt two weeks ago has been opened by archaeologists, according to Egypt's Ministry of Antiquities, revealing three skeletons and foul-smelling sludge.

The sarcophagus was found earlier this year, five metres beneath the city of Alexandria, by construction workers.

Waziri said that claims that the sarcophagus might contain the mummy of Alexander the Great or Queen Cleopatra, or the New Kingdom's King Ramses II, are unfounded and far fetched.

The sarcophagus, nearly three metres across and two metres high, is believed to date from the early Ptolemaic period, which began following the death of Alexander in 323BC.


"Preliminary examination suggests the skeletons belong to three army officers, one of them his skull shows an injury of an arrow", Shaban Abd Monem, a specialist in mummies at the Ministry of Antiquities, told Luxor Times.

In a press statement, Waziri said that one of the skulls was apparently hit by a sharp instrument as it showed signs of multiple fractures.

Shortly after being unearthed, British news outlets speculated about the tomb's contents and a possible ancient curse, citing a string of deaths after the opening of Tutankhamun's tomb in the early 1900s.

"(The) Ministry of Antiquities and the Egyptian government have procedures (for) checking any building before it is renewed or repaired", Ali said.


Initially the plan was to excavate the sarcophagus over days and open it at a museum, where its lid would be pried open.

A team of scientists has survived the opening of an allegedly cursed sarcophagus in Alexandria, Egypt, to find the deteriorating remains of three skeletons.

Addressing media fears that disturbing the tomb could trigger an implacable Pharaoh's curse, Mr Waziri declared: "We've opened it and, thank God, the world has not fallen into darkness".

Also found inside the 50-tonne coffin was a significant amount of sewage which had leaked its way inside over two millennia.


It was discovered next to a stone head made of alabaster, and was filled with sewer water.

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