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Giant black granite sarcophagus unearthed in Egypt

13 July 2018

General secretary of the Supreme Council of Antiquities Dr Mostafa Waziri said that the sarcophagus measures a hefty 2.6 metres in length, and is believed to be the largest ever found in Alexandria.

The tomb it was found in was dated back to the Ptolemaic period, running from 305 BC to 30 BC.

Egyptian archaeologists are preparing to open a huge black sarcophagus unearthed in Alexandria, the city founded by Alexander the Great and where the legendary conqueror himself may be buried.

About it reports Fox News.

But even if the tomb has no connection to the ruler, it is still a significant find as it is relatively rare to find an unopened sarcophagus in Alexandria, according to Smithsonian.com.

According to the ministry, the sarcophagus, found at a depth of 5 m beneath the earth, features a layer of mortar between the lid and the body, thus indicating that it had not been opened since it was closed nearly 2000 years ago. Archeologists also found a large alabaster head, which may belong to the owner of the tomb.

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. But recently more effort has been made to find and preserve antiquities there.

In February, archaeologists announced the discovery of a 4400-year-old tomb near the pyramids.

Scientists also believe that they may have found the secret of the Great Pyramid's near-perfect alignment. Experts say it'll take them five years to work through that site. Late past year, archaeologists also revealed that they had uncovered the graves of four children at an ancient site in Egypt.

Giant black granite sarcophagus unearthed in Egypt