Family of mummies found in mysterious sarcophagus

Frederick Owens
July 20, 2018

Experts prepare to open an ancient sarcophagus in the Egyptian city of Alexandria.

Archaeologists in Alexandria opened the tomb on Thursday, and the results are likely to disappoint: three skeletons floating in dirty water, according to Egypt's Ministry of Antiquities.

"We found the bones of three people, in what looks like a family burial", said Mostafa Waziri, secretary-general of the Supreme Council of Antiquities, according to the BBC.

Archaeologists in Egypt pried open a mysterious, 2,000-year-old sarcophagus found in the port city of Alexandria earlier this month.

The sarcophagus was accidentally discovered after an ancient tomb dating back to the Ptolemaic period was uncovered during construction work last week.

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Some of the remains had disintegrated because sewage water from a nearby building had leaked into the sarcophagus through a small crack in one of the sides.

Speculation ran wild across the globe following the discovery as the unique specifications of the tomb has prompted some experts to conclude the sarcophagus belongs to none other than Alexander the Great, who's tomb has yet to be uncovered. The Ptolemaic dynasty famously ended with Cleopatra's suicide during the Roman conquest of Greece and Egypt around 30 B.C. Everyone loves curses! They're great plot devices, they help create sexy mummy's who like beating up Brendan Fraser, and they might wipe out this frightful world and absolve us of all our responsibilities.

Due to unprecedented pressure from worldwide media, the Ministry of Antiquities accelerated the process of opening the massive black sarcophagus which had been found in Alexandria. Waad Abul-Ela, Head of the Projects Sector at the Ministry, told Egypt Today they plan to lift the 30-ton coffin in a two-part process: by first filling the area around the sarcophagus and then by lifting it with a tow truck "in a scientific way that does not harm the antiquity". It is thought to be of the tomb's owner.

Egyptian archaeologists display skulls of three decomposed mummies found inside a black granite sarcophagus that was discovered in Sidi Gaber district, Alexandria, Egypt, 19 July 2018.

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