A black sarcophagus measuring two meters high and three-meters long was discovered in the Egyptian port city of Alexandria. After many days of excavation and warnings from internet trolls about what might be inside, the Egyptian archaeologists have been able to remove the heavy the lid. There was speculation the mysterious black tomb could hold the remains of Alexander the Great or even a deadly curse, but archaeologists now say neither is true.
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Inside the black sarcophagus were three skeletons sitting in sewer water which had an unbearable stench. Egypt's Ministry of Antiquities appointed a committee of archaeologists to open the sarcophagus which was discovered at a construction site. The red-brown sewer water gave off a putrid stench that was so bad it forced the archaeologists who had lifted the lid only 2 inches to flee. They were returned and with help from military engineers were able to pry it open.
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Mostafa Waziri, secretary-general of the Supreme Council of Antiquities said, "We found the bones of three people, in what looks like a family burial… Unfortunately, the mummies inside were not in the best condition and only the bones remain." After fears from the media that opening the sarcophagus would trigger a Pharaoh's curse, Waziri said, "We've opened it and, thank God, the world has not fallen into darkness. I was the first to put my whole head inside the sarcophagus… and here I stand before you … I am fine."
When it comes to the fear of ancient bacteria, Dewolfe Miller, a professor of epidemiology at the University of Hawaii said, "We don't know of even a single case of either an archaeologist or a tourist experiencing any negative consequences from bacteria or tomb molds." Experts believe the three bodies found inside belonged to Egyptian army officers since one of the skulls showed damage that was likely from an arrow. The sarcophagus has been dated back to the early Ptolemaic period which started in 323 BC after the death of Alexander the great.
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