The Internet LOVES A Mysterious Black Sarcophagus

The Internet LOVES A Mysterious Black Sarcophagus

But as archaeologists opened the sarcophagus, they found three skeletons filled with red sewage inside it and no curse has been unleashed... YET!

Workmen found the black granite tomb this month during construction of an apartment building in the historic Mediterranean port city of Alexandria.

The ancient coffin is the largest to be discovered in Alexandria.

Archaeologists believe it is 2,000 years old, dating back to the early Ptolemaic period, which began around 323 B.C. Since that's when Alexander The Great died, some people speculated it might contain his remains.

A mysterious Egyptian sarcophagus feared to contain a deadly mummy's curse has finally been opened.

One of the skulls appeared to have an arrow wound in it, leading the Ministry of Antiquity to conclude the bodies were likely soldiers.

In a press statement, Waziri said that one of the skulls was apparently hit by a sharp instrument as it showed signs of multiple fractures.

The skeletons will be studied further at a restoration museum, while the sarcophagus itself will preserved for historical purposes.

The Tomb after the lid was removed
The Tomb after the lid was removed

In a photo provided by the Egyptian Antiquities Ministry, a granite coffin that was discovered in Alexandria, Egypt, pictured in July.

Also found inside the 50-tonne coffin was a significant amount of sewage which had leaked its way inside over two millennia.

Breaking the sarcophagus' mortar seal, the lid was removed first revealing three decomposed mummies, according to Secretary-General of the Supreme Council of Antiquities Mostafa Waziri, who spoke with Egypt Today.

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.

And inside the 2,000-year-old tomb, three mummies have been found.

After some absolutely breathless speculation about the contents of the black sarcophagus, everyone pretty much settled on some sort of dire curse.

"The sarcophagus has been opened, but we have not been hit by a curse", said Waziri, dismissing claims made by some United Kingdom media outlets about "possible curse" could be cast on the world in case the tomb was opened.

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