Massive sarcophagus found in Egypt - and archaeologists don’t know what lies inside

Archaeologists have discovered a black grainite sarcophagus in an ancient cemetery deep underneath Alexandria Egypt

The tomb, which is believed to date to the Ptolemaic period, running roughly from 305 B.C.to 30 B.C., was found about 16 feet below ground during archaeological excavations ahead of construction of a new building, Smithsonian said.

Egyptian archeologists have unearthed a massive black granite sarcophagus from an underground tomb in Alexandria - and no one knows exactly what's inside it. An alabaster head of a man was also found, most likely belonging to the owner of the tomb.

A 30-ton archaeological sarcophagus was found below a building in Alexandria governorate, Egypt, by the security forces, Mostafa Waziri, general secretary of the Supreme Council of Antiquities, announced on July 1.

The Guardian quoted Ayman Ashmawy, head of ancient Egyptian artefacts at Egypt's Ministry of Antiquities, saying it was hoped the tomb belonged to a high dignitary.


Additionally, experts in Australia found the tattered remains of an ancient priestess in a 2500-year-old Egyptian coffin that was long thought to be empty. Stunning new research also claims that King Tutankhamun may have been a boy soldier, challenging the theory he was a weak and sickly youth before his mysterious death at around 18 years of age.

The existence of the alabaster head may be an indication that burial belonged to some great man of the time. But recently more effort has been made to find and preserve antiquities there. The lid of the 265-cm (104-in) sarcophagus is sealed with mortar, indicating that it has not been removed in its 2,000-year entombment.

The city of Alexandria is through to have been founded by Alexander the Great in 332 BC.

This article was first published on Fox News and is republished with permission.

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