In Egypt, Archeologists were able to uncover a 2,000-year-old granite sarcophagus. Some professionals believe it may be Alexander the Great’s final resting place.
The coffin was unearthed in the city of Alexandria under a construction site. Workers were digging under Al Karmeli Street which is in the Sidi Gaber district.
According to officials in the area, the coffins is the largest ever to be found in the city. The coffin is 8.4 feet in length and stands about 6 feet in height and 5.4 feet in width.
The head of the Ancient Egyptian Antiquities Sector, Dr. Ayman Ashmawy says that that coffin was 16.4 feet below the ground.
Sarcophagus In The City Of Alexandria
People in the area who have learned of the discovery have gone to social media, warning officials not to open the sarcophagus.
One person, Novelist Nick Mosely suggests that they rebury the coffin, and act as if they never found it.
What makes this find even more interesting is that it wasn’t a tomb in the Valley of the Kings. The Valley of the Kings is one of the most iconic landmarks, beside the Great Pyramids of Giza and Alexandria, when it comes to ancient Egypt.
The valley is in east-central Egypt, and the Nile river flows along the city’s bank. It is home to the magnificent collection of mausoleums and ancient tombs.
During the New Kingdom in Egypt’s history, the Valley of the Kings became the final resting place for royalty between 1539 and 1075 BC. Pharaohs such as Seti I and Ramses II and Tutankhamun are all buried in the valley.
There are at least 63 different tombs in the valley. However, archaeologists believe they remain under the sand and rock in the area.
In 2008, archaeologists were able to find two new entrances to an embalming chamber that was first discovered in 2005.
Though the actual site for the sarcophagus is off limits, it remains a hotspot for tourist visiting ancient sites.