Black Granite Sarcophagus
Human Mummy
Biographical Information
Name(s) Mystery Sarcophagus
Sex m
Status soldiers (?)
Culture Egyptian
Date(s) 305 to 30 B.C
Site Alexandrai Egypt
Current Location
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A black granite sarcophagus was discovered in the Sidi Gaber district of Alexandria, Egypt, found by local authorities during standard archaeological excavations conducted before the construction of a new building on Al-Karmili Street, approximately 16 feet below ground. A rough alabaster bust of a man was also discovered in the tomb It dates to 305 to 30 B.C. A layer of mortar suggests that it has not been opened since it was buried.


Any mummification or preservation was negated by a century of seeping sewage which invaded the sarcophagus. The remains within had been reduced to skeletons.


The remains of three individual were found inside the massive sarcophagus.Analysis of the skeletal remains is ongoing


Initial analysis suggest that one of the individuals found in the sarcophagus suffered a wound from an arrow.


The 6-foot high, 8.7-feet long, 5.4-feet wide sarcophagus is the largest ever found in Alexandria. The coffin is estimated to weigh some 30 tons.

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