Archaeologists In Egypt Prepare To Open Massive 8.6-Foot Granite Sarcophagus


Experts are preparing to open a massive 8.6-Foot granite sarcophagus that has remained sealed for more than 2,000 years. No one knows what or who is inside it, and its contents have remained undisturbed, nearly 20 feet below the surface for millennia. 

So yeah, let’s go ahead and open it up, say experts.

Haven’t they been watching the Mummy

Illustration of the movie Mummy.
A Poster of the 1999 movie “The Mummy”. Image Credit

Not long ago we wrote about a stunning discovery made in Egypt. During archaeological excavations, experts came across a massive granite sarcophagus: 185 centimeters tall (6ft), 265 centimeters long (8.6ft), and 165 centimeters wide ( 5.4 ft.).

Considered as the ‘largest’ granite sarcophagus ever discovered in Alexandria, it is believed that the massive sarcophagus was buried more than two thousand years ago, nearly twenty feet beneath the ground.

The sarcophagus weights a total of thirty tons, while the lid alone weighs fifteen tons.

The tomb was discovered during an archaeological inspection before the construction of a building on privately owned land in the Sidi Gaber neighborhood of Alexandria, northern Egypt, the Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities reported.

Now, experts are preparing to open the sarcophagus and reveal what inside it.

Experts are excited. The layer of mortar between the body od the sarcophagus and it’s lid indicates that whatever is inside it, has remained undisturbed for more than two thousand years.

“We are hoping this tomb may belong to one of the high dignitaries of the period,” said Ayman Ashmawy, the head of ancient Egyptian artifacts at Egypt’s ministry of antiquities. “The alabaster head is likely that of a nobleman in Alexandria. When we open the sarcophagus, we hope to find objects inside that are intact, which will help us to identify this person and their position.”

However, before archaeologists can open the sarcophagus up, and find out who or what’s inside it, extensive preparation works will need to be done in advance.

“It’s risky to open it directly – we need to prepare,” explained Ashmawy, saying that experts will prepare the sarcophagus so it can be opened on site.

“It’s difficult to move it intact and open [it] in a museum,” he said. “It’s five meters underground, and the whole thing weighs over 30 tons. The lid alone is 15 tons.”

And while experts are excited about the sarcophagus and what it will reveal once they open it, Twitter has warned experts about opening and revealing its contents:


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Ivan

Ivan is editor-in-chief at ancient-code.com, he also writes for Universe Explorers. You may have seen him appear on the Discovery and History Channel.

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