Somebody call Brendan Frasier!
A huge, black granite sarcophagus was just discovered at an excavation cite Alexandria, Egypt. At 185 cm (72.8 inches) tall, 265 cm (104.3 inches) long, and 165 cm (65 inches) wide, it’s the biggest ever found in the region – which means it is most likely someone of very high status. Also interesting, experts have unearthed a large, half-finished alabaster head near the tomb and are assuming it represents whoever is buried in the sarcophagus.
via Science Alert:
It’s a fascinating find for archaeologists. Ayman Ashmawy from the Egypt Ministry of Antiquities says the layer of mortar still intact between the lid and the body of the coffin indicates it hasn’t been opened since it was sealed more than 2,000 years ago.
That’s particularly rare for a site like this – ancient Egyptian tombs have often been plundered and damaged over the centuries, which means archaeologists rarely find a final resting place that’s still intact like this one appears to be.
The site as a whole dates back to the Ptolemaic period between 305 BCE and 30 BCE, with this particular find uncovered five metres (16.4 feet) below the ground.
Let the speculation begin as to what’s inside. (Obviously, Shangela….. or the Egyptian god Anubis…. or perhaps the resting vampire Cleopatra…)
— Christopher Rice (@chrisricewriter) July 11, 2018
Photos: Egypt Ministry of Antiquities