The Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities introduced the invention of an unusually giant and intact historic tomb within the metropolis of Alexandria relationship again to the Ptolemaic interval, greater than 2,000 years in the past. It was discovered by employees digging the muse for a brand new constructing.
With the intention to do development work in most locations in Alexandria, an observer from the Ministry of Antiquities needs to be current to observe the digging related to the mission. On this event, one of many greatest sarcophaguses ever found within the metropolis was discovered 5 meters (about 16 ft) under the floor.
The uncommon black granite sarcophagus, which measures about 6 ft excessive, 5 ft large, and eight and a half ft lengthy, had a layer of mortar between the lid and the physique of the sarcophagus, indicating that it has not been opened because it was sealed in antiquity, Dr. Ayman Ashmawy, head of the Historical Egyptian Antiquities Sector, stated within the assertion revealed by the Ministry.
Ashmawy informed CBS Information that contemplating the scale of the sarcophagus, it would belong to somebody vital. Thus far, the individual’s identification stays a thriller.
An unfinished sculpture of a head product of alabaster was additionally discovered within the tomb. It almost definitely belongs to the proprietor of the sarcophagus, the Ministry stated.
Officers hope to be taught extra when the tomb is opened, however that course of will not be straightforward.
“It’s laborious to raise the sarcophagus up because it weighs about 30 tons and the place could be very tight, so we would should open it contained in the tomb, raise the lid up first after which raise the physique of the tomb,” Dr. Mostafa Waziri, Secretary-Common of the Supreme Council of Antiquities, informed CBS Information.
“The sarcophagus goes again roughly 2,000 years. We can not speculate at this level in regards to the identification of the proprietor, as the outside of the sarcophagus doesn’t have engravings or drawings. We must wait till we open the sarcophagus within the subsequent few days and maybe the reply lies inside. Possibly his title can be written inside or possibly there can be some inscriptions, and possibly we are going to discover a mummy or wood coffin, or possibly we are going to discover nothing,” Waziri added.
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