Mysterious Black Sarcophagus Finally Opened in Egypt

The 2,000-year old sarcophagus was opened in Alexandria Egypt on Thursday

Modal Trigger The 2,000-year old sarcophagus was opened in Alexandria Egypt on Thursday. EPA

"The Ministry of Antiquities' press office and I have received thousands calls from global and local media about this, all day along, in the last week", Mostafa Waziri, secretary-general of the Supreme Council of Antiquities, told Ahram Online.

Despite the presence of an alabaster head guarding the 2,000-year-old tomb, the astounding lack of silver and gold designs and trinkets has ruled out theories that the remains could be those of Alexander the Great.

Breaking the sarcophagus' mortar seal, the lid was removed first revealing three decomposed mummies, according to Secretary-General of the Supreme Council of Antiquities Mostafa Waziri, who spoke with Egypt Today.

The discovery of the sarcophagus on a construction site in June is a rare find in Alexandria, a fabled port city where most traces of Egypt's ancient civilizations have crumbled into the waves or lie buried beneath urban sprawl.

Egyptian archaeologists on Wednesday pried open a mysterious, 30-ton black sarcophagus, where they found three skeletons - and one that suffered a blow to the skull.

He said: "We found the bones of three people, in what looks like a family burial".

The box itself weight 27 tonnes, and is nearly three metres long, the largest structure of its kind ever found intact.

It weighs in at 27 tonnes, and is believed to date from the early Ptolemaic period, which began in 323 BC after the death of Alexander the Great. It was believed to be the largest coffin ever found in Alexandria, Egypt.

Now experts will prise open the ancient sarcophagus in the hope new secrets will be uncovered.

But before the lid is closed on this discovery, the skeletons will be sent to the National Museum of Alexandria. Many people also said that it must have been the tomb of some important person, who lived between 323BC and 30BC, as granite was not used for any average person in those days.

Those rumours have been put to rest, as well as fears cracking it open would unleash a fearsome curse on mankind.

"We've opened it and, thank God, the world has not fallen into darkness".

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