Archaeologists in Egypt have discovered a mysterious old "cursed" black granite sarcophagus.
The massive coffin that was recently dug up in the city of Alexandria has now been opened, the Egyptian ministry said on Thursday with antiquities. A layer of mortar between the lid and the body of the sarcophagus indicated that it had not been opened since its closure more than 2,000 years ago.
Three skeletons and sewage were found inside the sarcophagus, the ministry said Facebook Post. "The first preview of the bony structures suggests that they are most likely to belong to three officers or military soldiers," it said, noting that one of the skeletons seems to have an arrow wound.
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Mystery has surrounded the sarcophagus since its discovery earlier this month. The Independent, citing local reports, reported that Egyptian officials had mocked proposals that opening the sarcophagus would trigger a curse.
There was even speculation that the sarcophagus might contain the body of Alexander the Great. The famous Macedonian king died in 323 BC. In Babylon. after building a huge empire stretching from Greece to northwestern India. There are conflicting accounts of what happened to Alexander's remains after his death, though some suggest that he was buried in the Egyptian city that bears his name, National Geographic said. The tomb of the king was never found.
Egyptian officials will bring the sarcophagus skeletons to the Museum of Alexandria for analysis. Experts want to find out more details about the remains, such as their cause of death.
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The sarcophagus was found buried 16.4 feet below the surface. Even a carved alabaster head, which could represent one of the inhabitants of the tomb, was discovered.
Ancient Egypt continues to reveal its secrets. Archaeologists have recently discovered a 2,200-year-old gold coin depicting ancient King Ptolemy III, an ancestor of the famous Cleopatra.
Experts from southern Egypt recently discovered a very rare marble head depicting the Roman Emperor Marcus Aurelius.
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In Australia, experts found the tattered remains of an ancient priestess in a 2,500-year-old Egyptian coffin, long thought to be empty.
On the other side of the world, a rare antique artifact emerged in the UK depicting the famous female Pharaoh Hatshepsut. Breathtaking new research also claims that King Tutankhamun may have been a boy soldier who doubted the theory that he was a weak and sickly youth before his mysterious death at the age of 18.
Experts in the UK recently found the world's oldest figurative tattoos on two ancient Egyptian mummies, one of which is the oldest tattooed woman ever discovered.
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Other recent finds include an ancient cemetery in Egypt with more than 40 mummies and a necklace with a message from the hereafter "Nubian king with an inscription written in Egyptian hieroglyphics was also found in a Nile River temple in Sudan.
Scientists also believe that they could have found the secret of the near-perfect alignment of the Great Pyramid. Experts are also confident that they have solved the longstanding mystery of the "screaming mummy."
In February archaeologists announced the discovery of a 4,400-year-old tomb near the pyramids. Late last year, archaeologists also revealed that they had discovered the graves of four children in an ancient site in Egypt.
The Associated Press has contributed to this article.
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