Three mummies found in mysterious sarcophagus opened despite curse fears

Three mummies found in mysterious sarcophagus opened despite curse fears

Egyptian archaeologists have opened a mysterious 30-ton black sarcophagus to find the skeletons of what are thought to be three ancient warriors floating in red sewage water.

Discovered in the Egyptian city of Alexandria next to an alabaster statue of a man's head, the black granite coffin is thought to come from the Ptolemaic period (323-30 BC) and is nearly 9 feet long, 5 feet wide and 6 feet deep.

On July 1, Egypt unearthed a 2,000-year-old sarcophagus in Alexandria, revealing that it is made of black granite of about 265 meters in length and 185 cm in height.

The 30-tonne coffin, the largest yet found in Alexandria, prompted a swirl of theories in local and worldwide media that it may be the resting place of the ancient Macedonian ruler, who founded the city that still bears his name in 331 BC.

The prospect of opening the long-sealed sarcophagus had stirred fears in Egyptian media that it could unleash a 1000-year curse.

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The sarcophagus was found in the residential area of Sidi Gaber, where many Egyptologists, namely Zahi Hawass, expressed that the area wasn't known for royal burials, thus, the likelihood of no prominent figures being buried at that site.

The almost nine-foot-long sarcophagus was discovered in the course of pre-construction building inspections in Alexandria's Sidi Gaber district.

Instead of an apocalyptic event, authorities found three decomposed mummies fermenting in what appeared to be sewage water. Born in 356 BC and living until 323 BC, Alexander was one of the world's greatest conquerors and ruled the ancient Greek kingdom of Macedon.

The unmarked tomb in Alexandria did not likely belong to any other notable ruler in the Ptolemaic period (332 BC-30 BC) associated with Alexander the Great, or the subsequent Roman era, Waziri said.

"The sarcophagus has been opened, but we have not been hit by a curse", Waziri declared, directly addressing internet memes that suggested that the mysterious black box was filled with a Hollywood-style calamity. "I was the first to put my whole head inside the sarcophagus ... and here I stand before you".

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