Remember how you watched the 1994 Roland Emmerich film Stargate one million times before you turned twelve and it permanently poisoned your brain so that you now immediately associate anything ancient Egypt–related with aliens? No? Just me? Well, great news if you’re me: a huge 2,000-year-old sarcophagus has been unearthed in Egypt and, so far, we have no idea what’s inside it. (It’s aliens.)
According to the Ministry of Antiquities, the black granite sarcophagus was found in the Sidi Gaber district of Alexandria by workers completing an excavation of a site marked out for development. General secretary of the Supreme Council of Antiquities Dr Mostafa Waziri said that the sarcophagus measures a hefty 2.6 metres in length, and is believed to be the largest ever found in Alexandria.
Head of the Ancient Egyptian Antiquities Sector Dr Ayman Ashmawy said that the really juicy part (our words) is that the layer of mortar between the lid and the sarcophagus itself seem to indicate that it hasn’t been opened. This, as the Smithsonian notes, is pretty rare because things of that nature tend to get looted at some point their two millennia–odd history.
The tomb it was found in was dated back to the Ptolemaic period, running from 305 BC to 30 BC.
Inside the tomb, they also found a disembodied alabaster head with its features completely eroded off, which likely belonged to the person in the tomb and is also creepy as hell.
Image: Facebook / Ministry of Antiquities.
Whoever it was, we know for certain they had at least one eyebrow.Image: Facebook / Ministry of Antiquities.