Egypt is famous for pyramids, pharaohs, tombs, bandaged mummies and golden treasures. The sands around ancient Egyptian towns still hold plenty of secrets.
Recently, a 2000-year-old large black granite coffin, known as a sarcophagus was found sitting at the bottom of a modern construction site just outside the Egyptian port city of Alexandria.
Egyptian tombs have often been plundered and damaged over the centuries, which means it is rare for archaeologists to find a sealed sarcophagus. Buried alongside, the team also found a white, alabaster stone head, which they believe to be the tomb’s occupant.
This new mystery is a real brain teaser for all history buffs. Who does this ancient nameless coffin belong to? The size and stone indicate that it belonged to a powerful or wealthy person. What is known for sure is that if and when the 30-ton sarcophagus is finally opened, archaeologists will be able to finally solve the mystery!
Currently, the Ministry of Antiquities is baffled by the media attention and inquires. The exasperated Egyptian officials are being cautious in making any sweeping predictions. Though rumours say it could be Alexander the Great or even Queen Cleopatra, the Ministry has dated the artefact to the rule of the Ptolemaic dynasty. This dynasty is linked to the Greek royal family that ruled over Egypt for three centuries following the death of Alexander the Great in 323 BC.
Interestingly, the sarcophagus is not the only find mesmerising archaeologists lately. Deep below the sands of the Saqqara necropolis, a vast, ancient burial ground in Memphis, an Egyptian and German research team have unearthed a 2,500-year-old mummification workshop.
They found 35 mummies, five bejewelled sarcophagi, many figurines and a gilded silver and onyx mummy mask. Researchers are excited as the ancient workshop will reveal the secrets of the mysterious mummification process!
Where is Alexandria? Alexandria is a Mediterranean port city in Egypt. It was built by none other than Alexander the Great in 332 BC.
Where is Saqqara necropolis? It is a large burial ground in Memphis, the first capital of ancient Egypt. Memphis is home to a wide range of temples and tombs as well as the three renowned Giza pyramids.
Shruti Divecha was a graphic and textile designer by profession till her curiosity filled daughter pulled out the writer inside her. She writes stories, GK nuggets and teaches recycled crafts to children.