The mysterious black sarcophagus found in Alexandria was finally opened, The Sun reported. The sarcophagus will be removed from the site once it is checked over and repaired.
The 9-feet sarcophagus found in Egypt was opened, its granite cover was removed by the team of Egyptian archaeologists. On Thursday, they have found the shuffled bones of three skeletons inside. One of the skulls appeared to have an arrow wound in it, leading the Ministry of Antiquity to conclude the bodies were likely soldiers.
“Preliminary examination of the skeletons indicates that it is most likely they belong to three warriors or military officers as it was found on one of the skeletons bore a wound resulting from an arrow,”
the ministry said in a statement.
There were suggestions that the giant sarcophagus could contain the body of Alexander The Great, such a discovery would help solve one of antiquity’s greatest mysteries. But there is nothing to suggest that any of the skeletons belong to that famed warrior and empire builder.
despite the absence of Alexander The Great inside black granite sarcophagus, it is incredibly rare to find an unopened sarcophagus in Alexandria. Anyone planning to build in the city must first have archaeologists inspect the site, and while they occasionally find sarcophagi they have usually been looted.
According to the ministry, the skeletons will now be removed from the site and sent to the National Museum of Alexandria as well as the sarcophagus.