The Massive Black Sarcophagus Found In Egypt Has Now Been Opened
Against all of the advice that they were getting, and seemingly in complete ignorance of every single horror/mummy movie that has ever been made, archaeologists have finally cracked open the massive black sarcophagus that they unearthed in Alexandria, Egypt, earlier this month.
Despite all of the warnin signs pointing towards the beginning of the End Times - the hills literally burning around us, Manchester going weeks without it raining, poo raining from the skies - they still went right ahead and opened up the coffin, which was found alongside a giant stone head.
Inside, they didn't find the Great Old One, the Dark Lord Cthulhu, or Gozer, the Bringer of Destruction, instead, they found a couple of skeletons and some stagnant water.
I know what you're thinking, skeletons? In a sarcophagus? No way.
Well, that's what they found.
Of course, this could just be a low-key start to the eventual apocalypse. That tends to be how these things go, you unleash all hell without actually realising exactly what you've done. Weeks from now, when blood rains from the heavens, we'll know sure enough what they've done.
Back in reality, the find is somewhat tainted from an archaeological perspective, given the nature of how that water got in there.
It looks as if the water seeped into the sarcophagus through a sewage trench, according to the Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities. Gross.
It had been hoped that the find might have actually been the body of Alexander the Great.
That would certainly clear up the mystery of the giant alabaster head nearby. However, there is no particular evidence that suggests that those buried in this coffin are of any particular significance.
The only thing that we have learned so far is that one of the skeletons appears to have died from an arrow wound. This is because of a wound that was spotted by one of the local experts at the scene.
Still, it is a relative surprise that they found anything at all of this nature. It turns out that finding a complete and unopened sarcophagus in the city of Alexandria is quite a rarity.
Before every single piece of building work or planning is given the go-ahead, archaeologists have to survey the area and check it out to see if there is anything lurking around there.
They are pretty familiar with finding sarcophagi that have been looted by grave robbers or chancers, but finding a whole, unopened one doesn't happen that often at all.
The skeletons will now be taken to the Museum of Alexandria where they will be properly looked at, presumably just to check that one of them isn't Alexander. The sarcophagus will also be fixed up and taken to the museum.
Featured Image Credit: Egyptian Ministry of Antiques