In the summer of 2018, archaeologists discovered a giant black granite sarcophagus buried deep in the ground between 305 and 30 BC. near Alexandria. The find turned out to be the most massive and unusual stone coffin ever found in Egypt.
In addition, the sarcophagus gave rise to a lot of conspiracy theories. The public demanded to bury it back and not open it under any circumstances.
The sarcophagus was discovered by accident during construction work. According to the estimates of the Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities, it was the largest found in the country.
The granite box was 185 cm high, 265 cm long and 165 cm wide, buried at a depth of 5 meters and, according to researchers, remained intact for over two thousand years.
Near the burial, archaeologists have found an alabaster bust made in the Greek style. The size of the coffin and the sculpture buried nearby indicated that scientists had discovered the grave of some noble person.
A theory immediately appeared in the press that this was the tomb of Alexander the Great.
However, the archaeologists’ expectations were not met and even more mysterious finds awaited them in the tomb.
For a long time, officials confused journalists with conflicting data and tried in every possible way to open the sarcophagus unnoticed by the inhabitants of Alexandria.
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At first, the researchers were covered with an eerie fetid odor. The work had to be stopped, archaeologists aired the excavation. Then local channels recorded unique footage: a worker ran back and forth and poured red liquid from a canister onto the ground.
The intrigue has reached its limit. Many people gathered at the cordon site. It turned out that the coffin contained the skeletons of three people at once. The red liquid turned out to be waste water, which found a gap in the sarcophagus and mixed all the remains.
The tomb was indeed intact. However, there were no utensils and expensive things in the coffin. The only accompanying find were 3 thin gold plates measuring 3 by 5 cm. Information about these people was imprinted on them.
Two sets of remains
On one of the skulls, the researchers found a small, even hole. It indicated that its owner had undergone trepanation. Another male skull was pierced, presumably by an arrow or a hatchet.
However, scientists never understood who these people were.
Perhaps archaeologists stumbled upon an ancient cemetery and there must be other burial places nearby. Today, scientists continue to study this sarcophagus and hope in the future to reveal the secret of the black sarcophagus.