Recently, there was an archaeological discovery in Alexandria, Egypt, which put the scientific community at the edge of their seats. Identified as an artifact from Ptolemaic age (late 300 BCS) the object is big, massive, black granite sarcophagus and no one knows who is inside of it.
The Balck Sarcophagus
The sarcophagus is the biggest of its kind, with dimensions which are close to two meters by three meters.
Near the sarcophagus, the diggers have discovered a white alabaster head. Historians believe that it represents the inhabitant of the black sarcophagus. The contrast between the two is quite striking.
Both of the artifacts were excavated at a time of construction work. What caused greater surprise among the archaeologists was the fact that there is a layer of mortar between the body that is inside and the lid which closes the mouth of the sarcophagus.
This means that no matter what or no matter who is inside has lain there, undistributed for thousands of years.
This was usually not the case, for most pyramids and sarcophagi, with grave robbers making some short work of everything, centuries before the first explorers dig their way into the tomb.
However, the risks are high. Every one of us can realize that the artifact, as well as everything similar to it, belongs to the world, that is, at a proper museum where people can come and marvel at the sight of something which is from the time before that of Cleopatra. But, it is enormous, and not to mention heavy.
The whole thing weighs to about 30 tonnes, with the lid only weighing 15 tonnes. So, the amount of the load required to take it out and transport is huge, making the chances of accidents even greater.
The head of the ancient Egyptian artifacts at the ministry of antiquities, named Ayman Ashmawy, says:
Opening this sarcophagus for the first time will require extensive work to be done in advance. It is very risky to open it directly – we have to be prepared before that.
At the same time, he also said how this might be the grave of one of the noblemen of Alexandria from the Ptolemaic period.
Just time is going to reveal the secrets of this significant and almost accidental discovery from the land of Pharaohs.
Featured image by the Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities.
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