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What lurks within this newly discovered 2,000-year-old giant sarcophagus?

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Jul 11, 2018, 8:08 PM EDT (Updated)

Somebody get Indiana Jones on the line, and if he can't be reached, maybe try Rick and Evelyn O'Connell. No need to bother Tom Cruise

Why do we need fictional characters out of films that have to do with archaeology? Because a huge, black granite sarcophagus has been discovered in the midst of an archaeological excavation in Alexandria, located in northern Egypt. Scientists and horror fans alike are now literally wondering whether or not it should be opened. 

According to ScienceAlert.com, the find is unique partially because of it's size: 72.8 inches tall, 104.3 inches long, and 65 inches wide. This makes it the largest burial pod ever discovered in Alexandria. A large head made of alabaster was found in the same tomb, and experts are assuming that it represents the person inside the sarcophagus. 

Adding to the mystery is the fact that the mortar between the lid and body of the coffin is still in tact, meaning that it has not been opened since being sealed over 2,000 years ago. Grave robbers have not had their way with it — the Egypt Ministry of Antiquities has confirmed as much — and a find like this being completely in tact is incredibly rare. 

Experts are now trying to work out what could be inside the massive coffin, which has been dated as being a part of the Ptolemaic period, between 305 BCE and 30 BCE. Archeology Magazine tweeted a photo of the find, which you can see below: 

As of now, there is no telling who (or what) is within the sarcophagus, but the size of it seems to point to someone of high status. We are long past the days of just jabbing a crowbar into the thing and prying it open — all kinds of new technology could be used to try and figure out what the archaeologists are dealing with while still keeping the 2,000 year old seal unbroken. 

Though there's definitely something to be said for not wanting to destroy such a huge find just for the sake of discovery, is there more at play here than just professional ethics? Are the archaeologists working on the sarcophagus possibly scared about what they may find inside? Are they worried about awakening some kind of curse? 

It could be a case of everyone watching too many Mummy movies, but just ask Howard Carter how his life went after he opened the tomb of Tutankhamun. There's always a bit of truth in legends. 

Do you want to see the sarcophagus opened, or is a curse the very last thing that the world needs right now? Dig up some thoughts in the comment sarcophagus below. 

(via ScienceAlert.com)

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