Archaeologists find ancient pottery workshop in Egypt

The coffin's discovery at the beginning of July caused a stir

According to an official statement, the almost nine-foot-long, five-foot-wide sarcophagus is the largest ancient coffin ever discovered in the city. "When it is open, all will become clear", said Wazir. It's believe is Alexander the Great who founded the city in 331 B.C. His tomb has never been found.

"No, no, I assure you, nothing supernatural", - said the representative of the Council. Scientists and engineers develop a plan for future works and promise to keep the public aware of what is happening.

The official report of the discovery, released in Egypt's state-run newspaper Al Ahram, was unambiguous enough: A large stone sarcophagus-still sealed-was uncovered during a construction survey in the city of Alexandria on Egypt's Mediterranean coast. It was further reported that the other two heads are undamaged and belong to men.

There was also a lot of online chatter about the possibility of unleashing a curse by opening the presumed 2,000-year-old coffin.

Egyptian archaeologists have opened a large, black, mysterious sarcophagus, which had briefly captured the imaginations of doomsday enthusiasts and Indiana Jones fans, only to make a relatively pedestrian discovery.

Mostafa Waziri said cold water was poured over the sarcophagus in a ritual
Mostafa Waziri said cold water was poured over the sarcophagus in a ritual

Waziri said sewage from a nearby building apparently leaked into the sarcophagus through a small crack in the side, fouling the remains.

It weighs in at 27 tonnes, and is believed to date from the early Ptolemaic period, which began in 323 BC after the death of Alexander the Great. They hope to decipher which era the skeletons are from and to whom they possibly belonged. On one of the skulls found was discovered numerous injuries that were inflicted by a sharp object.

The ancient Greek King's burial place has been so far lost to history after his corpse was stolen on route to Macedon before being transferred to Alexandria.

A group of scientists attempted to open the lid, only to raise it 5cm before a frightful smell emerged from the depths of the tomb. "That is why I called the Ministry of Antiquties to hurry up and open the sarcophagus as soon as possible, to put an end to such a dream and suggestions", Hawass told Ahram Online.

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