2000-year-old Sarcophagus discovered in Egypt

A giant mysterious black sarcophagus dating back 2000 years ago has been discovered in Egypt alongside an alabaster head.

Photo Credit: Egypt Ministry of Antiquities/ Sky News

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 sarcophagus was found 5 metres deep in the ground after an ancient tomb from the Ptolemaic period was discovered during a construction dig.

Archaeologists are yet to open the coffin to see what’s inside, but it is assumed the alabaster head could represent the owner of the tomb which dates back to between 305 and 30 BCE.

According to Dr Ayman Ashmawy, the thick mortar between the sarcophagus and the surface indicates it had not been opened since it was closed around 35 BCE.

Archaeologists will now attempt to find out what is inside of the mysterious coffin without damaging it.

  • A Sarcophagus is a stone coffin, often inscribed or decorated with sculpture and used in burying a corpse. Its especially popular in Ancient Egypt, Greece and many parts of the ancient Asia. The word “sarcophagus” comes from the Greek sarx meaning “flesh”, and  phagein meaning “to eat”, hence sarcophagus means “flesh-eating”; from the phrase lithos sarkophagos. Since lithos is Greek for “stone”, lithos sarcophagos means “flesh-eating stone”. The word also came to refer to a particular kind of limestone that was thought to rapidly facilitate the decomposition of the flesh of corpses contained within it due to the chemical properties of the limestone itself.

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