Plans to open sealed ancient sarcophagus found at Egyptian building site

Lester Mason
July 13, 2018

According to Sky News, the sarcophagus measures 265cm (104in) long, 185cm (72in) tall, and 165cm (65in) wide, making it the largest ever discovered in the city of Alexandria.

About it reports Fox News.

According to the ministry, the sarcophagus, found at a depth of 5 m beneath the earth, features a layer of mortar between the lid and the body, thus indicating that it had not been opened since it was closed nearly 2000 years ago.

Archaeologists are yet to open the coffin to see what's inside, but it is assumed the alabaster head could represent the owner of the tomb which dates back to between 305 and 30 BCE.

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.

Experts in Southern Egypt recently discovered an extremely rare marble head depicting the Roman Emperor Marcus Aurelius.

For thousands of years, similar Egyptian tombs have been plundered by grave robbers, so when archeologists have made similar discoveries in the past, sarcophagi have often been found ripped open. An ancient statue of a Nubian king with an inscription written in Egyptian hieroglyphics was also found at a Nile River temple in Sudan.

The sarcophagus, whose age is estimated at 2000 years old, did not open the burial: it is covered with a pristine layer of a special solution.

The city of Alexandria is through to have been founded by Alexander the Great in 332 BC. Experts are also confident that they have solved the longstanding mystery of the "screaming mummy".

In the coming days, a team of engineers will visit the site and arrange for appropriate conditions to move the cover safely, while maintenance will be on alert to ensure the content that will come first with the air after million of years.

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