Massive 2,000 Year Old Granite Sarcophagus Found in Egypt Is Like Something Straight Out Of ‘The Mummy’

We’ve all seen the movies, so we’re all pretty clear on how this is going to play out.

In the heart of the cradle of civilization, Egyptian authorities in the Sidi Gaber district of Alexandria happened upon a tomb during an archeological dig. Measuring at 72.8-inches by 104.3-inches by 65-inches, the black granite coffin is the largest to be unearthed within the city.

This story is a goldmine for lovers of superstitions, mummies, and curses, especially considering Smithsonian Magazine reports the tomb hasn’t been opened in over 2,000 years. Located 16-feet below ground, it’s estimated that the coffin dates to around 305 to 30 B.C., the Ptolemaic period. It was during this period that the Ptolemaic dynasty ruled over Egypt, starting with Ptolemy I Soter on November 7, 305 B.C. 

According to Buzzfeed News Opinion Editor Tom Gara, being from the Ptolemaic era, the contents of the coffin may not be so impressive and could yield disappointing results. 

Who the tomb may belong to is still a complete mystery, though an alabaster head found nearby is thought to depict the owner. Quite frankly, however, that’s not what everyone is primarily concerned with. Ancient Egyptians have been famously stereotyped for their burial curses, as portrayed in the 1932 Universal horror film, The Mummy.

Sure, curses may be illogical, but that hasn’t stopped the internet from going wild over the idea of one. 


There were also a few suggestions that were too clever to ignore.

Then, of course, there’s the buzzkill that winds up speaking a little bit of truth.

Don’t worry, she’s just joking. A find like this is a fascinating glimpse into a history long-since past.

All we have left to do is wait. If the seas boil over and water turns to blood, you know things went pretty much as planned.

H/T: Bored Panda, Smithsonian Magazine, Britannica