A huge sarcophagus measuring almost nine feet in height, which archaeologists believe was buried more than 2,000 years ago in Egypt has been discovered, along with a huge stone head.
Experts Suggest Sarcophagus Was Buried During 332 to 330 BCE
Experts believe that the sarcophagus is made from black granite, probably buried during the Ptolemaic period five meters deep into the ground. If so, the burial date would be during 332 to 330 BCE. The huge stone head found alongside the sarcophagus is said to be in representation of the owner of the tomb.
The sarcophagus is the biggest find in Alexandria. It has also been untouched since its burial many thousands of years ago, possibly during the Ptolemaic period it was reported by Dailymail. co. uk. Experts said the sarcophagus measures in at 6 feet in height, 8.6 feet in length and 5.4 feet in width. The tomb was found by archaeologists while they were excavating a dig in Alexandria in the district of Sidi Gaber.
The Tomb Was Sealed Meaning It Is Untouched Since Burial
The Supreme Council of Antiquities team was looking at land belonging to a resident in preparation for the foundation of the building on Al-Karmili Street when they came across the burial site. Experts estimated the site is over 2,000 years old. Archaeologists found the tomb sealed with mortar, suggesting the stone coffin had not been touched since it was sealed.
For the time being, archaeologists do not know who was buried inside the huge sarcophagus, who the man was in the carving of the stone head found beside the coffin is also unknown.
Ancient Roman Bath Dating Back to Ptolemaic Period Also Discovered
This is the most recent find following a find in May, which also dates back to the Ptolemaic period. Archaeologists discovered ruins at San El-Hagar, which they believe was a Roman bath. The ruins were inside a structure measuring 52 feet in length, which housed pottery, statues, tools, engraved stone, and a ram statue. What surprised archaeologists the most was a very small coin with King Ptolemy III face inscribed into it. The king ruled during BCE, being one of Cleopatra’s ancestors. The Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities said the coin was around 28 grams in weight while measuring just 2.6 centimeters, being the smallest significant find.
The excavations along with the findings have helped to boost the interest in Egypt and tourism in the country. One of the most famous tombs was found during 1922, this being the tomb of Tutankhamun. One of the most visited sites in Egypt is the Valley of the Kings along with the Giza pyramids.