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Mystery surrounds black granite sarcophagus found with alabaster head

13 July 2018, 05:00 | Glen Norman

Mystery surrounds black granite sarcophagus found with alabaster head

Mystery surrounds black granite sarcophagus found with alabaster head

A mysterious black granite sarcophagus has been unearthed during a dig in Alexandria in Egypt - buried with a stone head made of alabaster.

The tomb, which is believed to date to the Ptolemaic period - around 305 to 30 B.C - was discovered some five meters below ground during excavation work ahead of the construction of a new building, according to a statement published by the ministry earlier this month.

Experts in the United Kingdom also found the world's oldest figurative tattoos on two ancient Egyptian mummies recently, one of which is the oldest tattooed female ever discovered.

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That's particularly rare for a site like this - ancient Egyptian tombs have often been plundered and damaged over the centuries, which means archaeologists rarely find a final resting place that's still intact like this one appears to be.

The nearly three-metre long by two-metre high sarcophagus was discovered in a long-concealed tomb below the earth during a survey of a plot of land for a building construction. It could nearly be the start of a new Indiana Jones film.

Egypt holds a vast and mysterious trove of history which has interesting stories to tell.

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We haven't been short of incredible finds in Egypt this year. This recent finding has left experts baffled because it measures nine foot long and that they do not know who or what lies inside. The lid of the 265-cm (104-in) sarcophagus is sealed with mortar, indicating that it has not been removed in its 2,000-year entombment.

The Guardian quoted Ayman Ashmawy, head of ancient Egyptian artefacts at Egypt's Ministry of Antiquities, saying it was hoped the tomb belonged to a high dignitary.

Every discovery paints in a little more of the detail about how people lived and worked in these ancient times.

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