Despite warnings of an ancient curse to those who would open the 2,000-year-old sarcophagus, archaeologists went ahead on Wednesday, enlisting the help of Egyptian military engineers. After capturing the world's attention because of its unusually large size, observers believed it could contain the remains of a prominent figure, with some considering the possibility that it could contain the corpse of Alexander the Great.
According to experts who have now unsealed it, it's a no to both.
The opening had been delayed for three days to water leaks.
Egypt's Ministry of Antiquities had appointed a committee of archaeologists to open the relic, which was unearthed at a construction site.
Tomb after lid was removed.
Mustafa Waziri, Secretary General of the Supreme Council of Antiquities supported Abu Ela's doubt, and stated that while the coffin might not be suitable for Alexander, it could still belong to an ancient Egyptian noble.
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"We found the bones of three people, in what looks like a family burial".
"The sarcophagus has been opened, but we have not been hit by a curse", said Waziri, dismissing claims made by some United Kingdom media outlets about "possible curse" could be cast on the world in case the tomb was opened.
"I was the first to put my whole head inside the sarcophagus. and here I stand before you. This should go well", said one Twitter ever.
"If nothing was found inside the sarcophagus and we did not find any inscriptions on the coffin's body, we will keep it in place until it can be lifted later", he said. It is three metres long and almost two metres high.
The sarcophagus, nearly three metres across and two metres high, is believed to date from the early Ptolemaic period, which began following the death of Alexander in 323BC.
Archaeologists will now study the tomb in depth to pinpoint when its occupants lived, and how they died.
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