2,000 year-old coffin found in Egypt finally opened

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Archaeologists who found a 2,000-year-old mysterious black granite tomb in an Egyptian city where Alexander the Great is believed to be buried have pried it open two weeks after it was dug up.

An ancient mummy was carefully carried out of the the eerie 9.8ft sarcophagus that dates back to the Ptolemaic period between 305 BC and 30 BC.

Shockingly, the frightening find is still intact after being dusted off, with little decay to the bones and skull.

The unknown corpse was also found in the same position it was buried in.

It is the biggest sarcophagus to ever be found in the city and was discovered by researchers working under the Supreme Council of Antiquities, who will now work endlessly to attempt to identify the body.

It was encountered more than 16ft underground and was buried alongside a white, alabaster stone head, which was believed to be the tomb’s occupant.

The fascinating discovery was made while clearing the the burial site for the erection of a new building.

Head of the Ancient Egyptian Antiquities Sector, Dr Ayman Ashmawy, said that a layer of mortar between the lid and the body of the stone coffin indicates that it hasn’t been opened since it was sealed off more than 2,000 years ago.

The finding is extremely rare because ancient Egyptian tombs are often so badly damaged one the centuries that archaeologists hardly ever find one still intact – until now.

The mummy is not the first mesmerising find unearthed by experts in Egypt.

In February, archaeologists discovered a 4,400-year-old tomb just outside Cairo near the country’s Giza Plateau.

The tomb is believed to have belonged to a woman known as Hetpet, who archaeologists say was close to the ancient Egyptian royals of the 5th Dynasty.

Other recent findings include an ancient cemetery, with more than 40 mummies and a necklace containing a “message from the afterlife”.

Meanwhile, in neighbouring country Sudan, an ancient statue of a Nubian king was found in February.

The artefact was discovered along the Nile River and is 2,600 years old and includes an inscription written in Egyptian hieroglyphics. A guard is currently in place while the mummy is removed for examination.

Alexander the Great, was a king of the ancient Greek kingdom of Macedon.

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