Massive, Black Sarcophagus Found at Alexandria

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Massive, Black Sarcophagus Found at Alexandria

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1Taphophile13
jul 11, 2018, 3:10pm

The sarcophagus appears to have been undisturbed for some 2,000 years. There is also a white alabaster head in the tomb, probably representing the person in the sarcophagus.

https://www.sciencealert.com/huge-mystery-sarcophagus-unearthed-in-egypt-alexand...

2timspalding
jul 11, 2018, 4:14pm

Oh, sure. Open the giant mysterious sarcophagus. That always works out well.

3Taphophile13
Redigeret: jul 11, 2018, 4:25pm

It should work at least as well as entering a deserted cabin in the forest, going downstairs and finding a journal of incantations.

4Bookmarque
jul 11, 2018, 4:43pm

It got into my hand and it went bad...

5bluepiano
jul 11, 2018, 5:27pm

I reckon it's filled with overdue library books.

6jjwilson61
jul 11, 2018, 6:05pm

>5 bluepiano: If they were from the Library of Alexandria that would be quite the find.

7PossMan
jul 13, 2018, 6:57am

There's a piece in the Guardian here:—
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/jul/12/archaeologists-open-huge-granite-s...

It doesn't add much but explains that they hope to open it where it is rather than try to transfer it indoors first. Seemingly because of its size (the lid weighs 15 tons). Quite a time needed to prepare because they will need to secure the preservation of the contents — all those books?

8clamairy
jul 22, 2018, 5:06pm

Heard about this on Science Friday on NPR, but forgot to post about it.

Just in case you missed the news, here it is: https://interestingengineering.com/the-2000-year-old-sarcophagus-finally-opened-...

10clamairy
jul 22, 2018, 9:25pm

>9 davidgn: Yeah, I gagged a bit when I heard about that. Yuck.

11Nicole_VanK
jul 23, 2018, 4:40am

Ew. But I guess it's just another way to be suicidal

12bluepiano
jul 24, 2018, 8:11am

>9 davidgn: 'That happened.'

It did, and when I drank the juice everybody clapped and Alexander Einstein gave me 100$.