Archaeologists Find Unexpected Contents Inside Alexandria Coffin

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The sarcophagus was discovered in early July at an Egyptian construction site.

An alabaster bust, its features weathered beyond recognition, was also found with the sarcophagus.

Waziri stressed that none of the three mummies belong to a Ptolemaic or Roman royal family and the coffin does not have inscriptions or a cartouche bearing their names.

British outlet The Independent, among others, pushed a theory that the tomb could contain the remains of Alexander the Great.

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Now experts will prise open the ancient sarcophagus in the hope new secrets will be uncovered.

When Egyptian archaeologists opened an ancient sarcophagus dating back 2,000 years, they found three skeletons and a lot of red, liquid sewage, the country's antiquities ministry said Thursday.

A ministry official, Aiman Ashmawy Ali, told CNN that the sarcophagus had been found in a previously unexcavated section of one of Alexandria's largest ancient cemeteries.

Archaeologists in Egypt pried open a mysterious, 2,000-year-old sarcophagus found in the port city of Alexandria earlier this month. One of them appears to have been hit by an arrow in the head, experts said.

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The box itself weight 27 tonnes, and is nearly three metres long, the largest structure of its kind ever found intact.

To put minds at ease, Secretary-General of Egypt's Supreme Council of Antiquities Mostafa Waziri said cold water was poured over the sarcophagus in a ritual performed to banish evil spirits from such discoveries.

The prospect of opening the long-sealed sarcophagus had stirred fears in Egyptian media that it could unleash a 1000-year curse.

Coffin is moved over by a truck after archaeologists unearthed a sarcophagus containing three mummies in Alexandria, Egypt July 19, 2018.

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According to the Ministry of Antiquities, the three skeletons inside the sarcophagus may have been soldiers.

"We've opened it and, thank God, the world has not fallen into darkness".

The skeletons discovered inside the coffin will be transferred to the Alexandria National Museum for restoration, the Ministry of Antiquity said on its website.

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