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

Mysterious black sarcophagus is unearthed in Egypt and we don’t know who’s inside

Beyond its size, the discovery is significant because the coffin is still sealed.

The mysterious sarcophagus was discovered close to an alabaster sculpture of a head. Experts are assuming it represents whoever is buried in the sarcophagus, though that's yet to be confirmed.

The stone casket was found buried 16 feet below ground during construction of new buildings, and dates from the Ptolemaic period 2,000 years ago. "Maybe his name will be written inside or maybe there will be some inscriptions, and maybe we will find a mummy or wooden coffin, or maybe we will find nothing", Waziri added. It could nearly be the start of a new Indiana Jones film.

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Alexandria, founded by Alexander the Great, had been ignored by archaeologists for decades because a city of 5 million people had been constructed over the ruins, Andrew Lawler of Smithsonian said.

We haven't been short of incredible finds in Egypt this year.

He further remarked that if they can not lift it due to its heavy weight, the area below and surrounding the sarcophagus will be dug, then, its cover will be lifted first followed by its body, referring that the latest scientific means will be used in this process in the presence of the Ministry of Antiquities' experts.

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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.

Then in April, a rare Greco-Roman temple was found.

Head of the Projects Sector at the Ministry of Antiquities, Waad Abul-Ela, revealed the plan set to be used to lift the 30-ton archaeological sarcophagus to transfer it to one of Alexandria's archaeological sites. We'll be keeping a close eye on this sarcophagus to see what it might reveal.

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