When Egyptian archaeologists opened a 2000-year-old ancient sarcophagus, they found three skeletons and a lot of red, liquid sewage, the country's ministry said Thursday

Discovered earlier this month The mysterious tomb, believed to be the largest in Alexandria, revealed to the Ministry of Antiquities, has provoked international speculation about its content.

"The sarcophagus was opened, but we were not hit by a curse," Mustafa Waziri of Egypt's Ministry of Antiquities said, according to Egypt Today

officials believe that the three skeletons were probably military, the ministry wrote in a Facebook Post. They also believe that a skull may have been hit by an arrow while the sewage is entering the sewage, the ministry added.

The massive tomb was found more than 15 feet below the ground, and archaeologists believe it had not been opened

The skeletons are first brought to a museum in Alexandria to investigate how they died and out What time they come from Ministry said. None of the skeletons seems to be a remnant of Ptolemaic or Roman royal family members, and the tombs have no inscriptions or royal markings, Waziri said after Egypt Today

When the sarcophagus was discovered along with an alabaster head The Ministry of Antiquities said it was too belonged to the owner of the tomb and that it dates back to the Ptolemaic period, around 323 BC. The year in which Alexander the Great died, according to National Geographic. His grave had never been found, the magazine reported.

Shortly after its discovery, British news agencies speculated on the contents of the tomb and a possible ancient curse and named a series of deaths following the opening of Tutankhamun's grave at the beginning of the 20th century. 19659006] "Opening old graves can be a risky business," wrote the Sun this month. "It is a widespread belief that a 'curse of the pharaohs' is directed against anyone who disturbs the mummy of an ancient Egyptian person."

The British Outlet The Independent, inter alia, theorized that the grave could contain the remains of Alexander the Great.

"I had calls about it all day," Waziri told the New York Times earlier this month. "People say they might contain Alexander or Cleopatra or Ramses, they do not know what they're talking about."

Waziri said earlier this week that the tomb is likely to belong to a priest, Egypt Today reported.

Contribution: The Associated Press. Follow Ryan Miller on Twitter @RyanW_Miller

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