Mysterious Black Sarcophagus Finally Opened

When you check the news, you always see stories about Kim Kardashian, but you rarely see stories about a 2,000-year-old sarcophagus.

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

The ministry said it was likely that sewage water had seeped through a fracture in the coffin.

Egyptian archaeologists on Thursday dashed local hopes that a newly discovered ancient sarcophagus might contain the remains of Alexander the Great, finding instead the mummies of what appeared to be a family of three.

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

The structure is nearly two metres high and three metres long, and is the largest of its kind ever found intact.

The tomb is believed to date back to the early Ptolemaic period, which began in 323 BC after the death of Alexander the Great.

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According to The Guardian, mummification specialist Shaaban Abdel Amonem pointed out evidence of arrow injuries on one of the skulls, indicating the buried corpses could have been soldiers.

Waziri said the lack of death masks in precious metals, amulets, statuettes or inscriptions on the sarcophagus meant the bodies were unlikely to be those of Ptolemaic or Roman royals.

The skeletons discovered inside the coffin will be transferred to the Alexandria National Museum for restoration, the Ministry of Antiquity said on its website.

The researchers found an alabaster bust of an unidentified man along with the sarcophagus.

Sewage found in the sarcophagus.

The prospect of opening the long-sealed sarcophagus in Alexandria had prompted fears in Egyptian media that it could unleash a 1,000-year curse. His tomb has never been found, the magazine reported.

"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. "That is why I called the Ministry of Antiquties to hurry up and open the sarcophagus as soon as possible, to put an end to such a dream and suggestions", Hawass told Ahram Online.

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