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Mysterious Giant Black Sarcophagus Discovered in Egypt

The tomb was uncovered in the Sidi Gaber district of the city of Alexandria and dates back to the Ptolemaic period between 305 BC and 30 BC.

It is the biggest sarcophagus to ever be found in the city and was discovered by researchers working under the Supreme Council of Antiquities.

It was encountered more than 16ft underground and was buried alongside a white, alabaster stone head, which is believed to be the tomb’s occupant.

The discovery was made while clearing the site for a new building, with the sarcophagus being 185cm tall, 265cm in length and 165cm wide.

Head of the Ancient Egyptian Antiquities Sector, Dr Ayman Ashmawy, said that a layer of mortar between the lid and the body of the stone coffin indicates that it hasn’t been opened since it was sealed off more than 2,000 years ago.

The finding is rare, as ancient Egyptians tombs are often pillaged and damaged over the centuries, which means archaeologists seldom find a sarcophagus that’s still intact.

Experts are trying to determine what is inside the black sarcophagus and the tomb is now under guard.

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In February, archaeologists discovered a 4,400-year-old tomb just outside Cairo near the country’s Giza Plateau.

It is believe the tomb belonged to a woman known as Hetpet, who archaeologists say was close to the ancient Egyptian royals of the 5th Dynasty.

Mostafa al-Waziri, who led the mission, said: “We have removed between 250-300 cubic meters of layers of earth to find the tomb.

“What we see above the earths surface in Egypt doesnt exceed 40 per cent of what the core holds.”

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