The archaeological world has been thrown into excitement after the discovery of a large, black granite sarcophagus in the ancient Egyptian port city of Alexandria.
The sarcophagus was discovered by builders during construction work who immediately contacted archaeologists. When the archaeologists attended the scene, they realized that this discovery could be of tremendous importance for a number of reasons.
Firstly, the sarcophagus has been overlaid with a layer of mortar between the body and the lid which strongly suggests that the contents have been left undisturbed since it was buried in the earth.
Furthermore, the sarcophagus is also very unusual because of its size. It is almost two meters high, three meters in length, and weighs 30 metric tons – making it the largest of its sort to have ever been discovered in the city. That sounds like the perfect storage for an immortal evil demon.
What will the scientists find in the sarcophagus?
Finally, the sarcophagus was found next to a large and remarkably well-preserved alabaster head which is believed to be a representation of whoever lies in the tomb. Given the exquisite quality of the carving, it is presumed that the sarcophagus contains the remains of one of the high dignitaries of the age.
The sensational find has now brought a number of scientists on the scene who want to open the sarcophagus even though they have no idea who or what is in it. What could possibly go wrong?
It is entirely possible that after the sarcophagus is opened that the archaeologists will be able to discover clues that will allow them to identify exactly who lay inside it which will give them a chance to illuminate a fascinating period in Egyptian history in a very personal way.
Is it just a noble man’s mummy? Or something else?
However, before the detective work can begin the archaeologists have a very difficult job ahead of them just getting the tomb open.
“It’s risky to open it directly – we need to prepare, ” explained Ayman Ashmawy, the head of ancient Egyptian artifacts at Egypt’s ministry of antiquities.
Given the size of the sarcophagus, which weighs more than thirty tons, it will be impossible to move the sarcophagus to a museum before opening it requiring it to be opened on site. In the coming weeks, mummification and restoration specialists will be present when the engineers prise the enormous lid off the top of the tomb.
Ask yourself. Why did people bother to bury something under a 15-ton lid? That’s right! It should never get a chance to get out!