The sarcophagus in Alexandria is the latest of a series of interesting archaeological finds this year in Egypt that include a 4,400-year-old tomb in Giza and an ancient necropolis in Minya, south of Cairo. Nobody knew what was inside, but some feared that the black granite coffin might be cursed. Researchers opened the sarcophagus at the site where it was discovered. It was full of human bones and sewage.
Egypt started opening the mysterious sarcophagus unearthed 20 days ago in Alexandria, amid rumors over a "possible curse" that could be cast on the world once the sarcophagus is opened.
More specifically, archaeologists from Egypt's Ministry of Antiquities found three male skeletons in a reddish-brown slop.
Shaaban Abdel Amonem, one of the specialists in mummification who attended the opening, said initial assessments showed the trio were probably soldiers, with one of the skulls displaying evidence of arrow blows.
However, other archaeologists believe it is unlikely it belonged to the Ancient Greek conquerer.
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To internet sleuths, learning the true contents of the mysterious sarcophagus must be a bit of a disappointment.
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Because of the sarcophagus' huge size - it weighs an estimated 60,000 pounds according to National Geographic - archaeologists faced enormous logistical problems removing it from its burial site.
Any objects placed in the sarcophagus could have been destroyed by the sewage or may be found later, when the object is studied in more detail.
But the sarcophagus contained none of those things. There were just a bunch of human bones soaking in sewage. After the sarcophagus was opened, it was transferred to Alexandria National Museum for conservation and further study. After capturing the world's attention because of its unusually large size, observers believed it could contain the remains of a prominent figure, with some considering the possibility that it could contain the corpse of Alexander the Great.