Archaeologists Unearth 8.6-Foot-Long Sarcophagus Buried 2,000 Years Ago In Egypt

A truly massive sarcophagus has been unearthed by experts in Egypt. According to experts who have led the excavation, the granite sarcophagus is 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, the recently unearthed sarcophagus measures nearly nine feet long, and its discovery took experts by surprise.

The granite casket is believed to have been buried more than two thousand years ago more than 16 feet beneath the surface, next to a head made of alabaster, most likely representing the man who owned the tomb.

A recently unearthed granite Sarcophagus in Alexandria
A close-up of the recently unearthed sarcophagus. Image Credit: Ministry of Antiquities وزارة الآثار

According to experts, the massive granite sarcophagi is in excellent condition and remains untouched since its burial, more than 2,000 years ago, during the Ptolemaic period.

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

Mustafa Waziri, the general secretary of the ministry, explained that the tomb contains a black granite sarcophagus, considered the largest that has been discovered in Alexandria.

A layer of mortar between the lid and the main body of the sarcophagus indicates that it has not been opened since it was sealed in ancient times.

As noted by archeologists who led the dig, the massive black granite sarcophagus is 185 centimeters tall (6ft), 265 centimeters long (8.6ft), and 165 centimeters wide ( 5.4 ft.)

An alabaster head.
The carved head made out of alabaster found next to the tomb. Image Credit: Ministry of Antiquities وزارة الآثار

While the recently unearthed sarcophagus is, in fact, one of the largest discovered in Alexandria, it isn’t the largest one found in Egypt.

The Ptolemaic period in Egypt began in 323 BCE after the death of Alexander the Great. It concluded in 30 BCE after the death of Queen Cleopatra VII and the Roman Invasion.

In another discovery…

The Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities also announced the discovery of a bronze statue representing the god Osiris, during restoration work on the east side of the stepped pyramid of Zoser in the Saqqara necropolis.

Sabri Farag, the head of the archaeological site of Saqqara, has commented that the statuette was found in a small crack located between the huge blocks of the east facade of the pyramid.

The statuette represents Osiris, the god of resurrection and eternity.

“The sculpture was probably hidden in this area by a priest from Saqqara in ancient times,” concludes Farag, who also adds that the piece is being restored.

Featured Image Credit: Ministry of Antiquities وزارة الآثار

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