A huge sarcophagus was discovered in Alexandria

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According to Sky News, the sarcophagus measures 265cm (104in) long, 185cm (72in) tall, and 165cm (65in) wide, making it the largest ever discovered in the city of Alexandria.

The tomb, which is believed to date to the Ptolemaic period - around 305 to 30 B.C - was discovered some five meters below ground during excavation work ahead of the construction of a new building, according to a statement published by the ministry earlier this month.

About it reports Fox News.

Inside the tomb, they also found a disembodied alabaster head with its features completely eroded off, which likely belonged to the person in the tomb and is also creepy as hell.

Remember how you watched the 1994 Roland Emmerich film Stargate one million times before you turned twelve and it permanently poisoned your brain so that you now immediately associate anything ancient Egypt-related with aliens? No?




A layer of mortar between the lid and the body of the sarcophagus indicates it hasn't been opened since it was originally closed, Ancient Egyptian Antiquities Sector head Ayman Ashmawy said. Recently, archaeologists have discovered a 2,200-year old gold coin depicts the ancient king Ptolemy III, an ancestor of the famous Cleopatra.

An unfinished sculpture of a head made of alabaster was also found in the tomb.

The city of Alexandria is through to have been founded by Alexander the Great in 332 BC.

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. Late previous year, archaeologists also revealed that they had uncovered the graves of four children at an ancient site in Egypt.

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