Alexandria sarcophagus tomb opening sparks curse fears

Alexandria sarcophagus tomb opening sparks curse fears

This was one of several indications that had some people suspecting that the sarcophagus could contain the long-lost remains of Alexander the Great, who founded Alexandria.

Since its discovery, the mysterious tomb has internationally grasped the attention, and several global websites warned of its opening as it would be "a risky business or so history tells us" for the possibility of unleashing the curse that would bring disaster to the world, as remarked by the British news website The Sun. Neither seem to be true ... unless stinky sewage causes some sort of torment.

Beyond the skeletons, the sarcophagus was inundated with sewage water, which accelerated the decomposition of the skeletons.

A committee from the Ministry of Antiquities has said that the sarcophagus houses the remains of three warriors who appear to have died during battle.

The stone casket was found during construction work for new buildings. Nobody knew what was inside, but some feared that the black granite coffin might be cursed.

Credit: Courtesy Egypt's Ministry of Antiquities.

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Archaeologists in Egypt have discovered an ancient pottery manufacturing workshop dating to more than 4,000 years ago. When exactly did they live?

Abu al-Ela said that they will use thick pipes to raise the sarcophagus lid until they can see inside. What were they buried with (if anything)? The Ptolemaic dynasty famously ended with Cleopatra's suicide during the Roman conquest of Greece and Egypt around 30 B.C. One of the skulls showed the markings of an arrow wound. The exact age of the skeletons is unclear.

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.

Ancient bones sit in a pool of sewage water inside an Egyptian sarcophagus. Whether that occurred with this sarcophagus is unknown.

"If nothing was found inside the sarcophagus and we did not find any inscriptions on the coffin's body, we will keep it in place until it can be lifted later", he said.

Nevertheless, the skeletons will be moved to the National Museum of Alexandria to be studied.

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