Published: Fri, July 13, 2018
People | By Leon Thompson

Plans to open sealed ancient sarcophagus found at Egyptian building site

Plans to open sealed ancient sarcophagus found at Egyptian building site

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 sarcophagus, which was discovered on July 1 during construction work, weighs around 30 tons, is nearly two metres high and three metres in length, and is the largest of its kind to be discovered in the ancient Egyptian city of Alexandria.

AFP Photo via Getty Images An ancient tomb dating to the Ptolemaic period in the Sidi Gaber district of Alexandria, Egypt. Next to her, a glabrous head was found, which archaeologists consider to depict the owner of the tomb.

An enormous black sarcophagus has been discovered during an archaeological dig in Egypt alongside an eerie alabaster head.

Ancient Egypt continues to reveal its secrets.

Additionally, experts in Australia found the tattered remains of an ancient priestess in a 2500-year-old Egyptian coffin that was long thought to be empty.

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Oh, and then there's the large alabaster head discovered in the same underground tomb.

Other recent finds include an ancient cemetery in Egypt with more than 40 mummies and a necklace containing a "message from the afterlife".

In February, archaeologists found a hidden network of tombs south of Cairo in the Minya Governorate, which - like the giant granite sarcophagus - have probably lain untouched for 2,000 years.

Experts admit they have no idea who's inside.

In the coming days, a team of engineers will visit the site and arrange for appropriate conditions to move the cover safely, while maintenance will be on alert to ensure the content that will come first with the air after million of years.

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