Archaeologists Unearth Massive Black Granite Sarcophagus In Alexandria, Egypt

Whoa! This is a really cool discovery. Apparently, some archaeologists dug up a black granite sarcophagus in Alexandria in Egypt and some scientists are speculating it could be the remains of Alexander the Great. The large sarcophagus is enormous and the largest ever found in the area.

It measures in at 6 feet tall by 8 feet long and 5 feet wide and was found 16 feet beneath the ground with an alabaster head of a man. Archaeologists made the discovery on July 1 before construction broke ground for a new building.

A routine inspection of the site was conducted by the Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities prior to construction and that’s when the discovery was made, Egypt’s state-run newspaper reported. In Egypt, all antiquities are considered the property of the State and are rigidly protected, thankfully.

Archaeologists say the sarcophagus dates back to the Ptolemaic era, 305 and 30 BCE. The tomb is the biggest ever found in the city and hasn’t been opened in 2,000 years. A layer of mortar between the lid and the rest of the sarcophagus suggests it was sealed in antiquity and hasn’t been opened since.

The Ptolemaic era ended with the death of Cleopatra when Alexander the Great died in 30 BC. The possibility of these being Alexander the Great’s remains is due to his time of death, essentially solving one of the greatest mysteries in antiquity. There isn’t a consensus on how Alexander died or where he is buried. Even if it turns out not to be Alexander the Great, it will still be a significant discovery for archaeologists.

Rarely do they find an unopened sarcophagus. In order to avoid damaging its contents, archaeologists plan on using X-rays to find out what’s inside.

Black granite sarcophagus

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The sarcophagus hasn’t been opened since it was buried over 2,000 years ago

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Alabaster head of a man found near the sarcophagus

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A few months after the discovery the sarcophagus was finally opened

Three skeletons were discovered inside submerged in liquid sewage. While the remains are unlikely to be those of Alexander, archaeologists onsite believe they were Egyptian soldiers. The remains were transferred to the Alexandria National Museum for conservation and further study.

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Photo credits: Credit: Egypt Antiquities Ministry

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