The Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities announced this Thursday that in the sarcophagus found in a neighborhood of Alexandria (north) there are three skeletons that probably belong to military officers or warriors, which ends speculation that it could be the remains of Alexander the Great.
In a statement, the secretary general of the Supreme Council of Antiquities and the head of the Egyptian mission, Mustafa Waziri, indicated that the black granite sarcophagus, found during an inspection of an excavation carried out on private land in the Sidi Gaber neighborhood, it was full of sewage.
A specialist in the study of mummies and skeletons, Shaaban Abdelmoneim, quoted by the ministry, indicated that the first examinations of the bones reveal that they were probably “three military officers or warriors.”
One of the skulls has a wound from an arrow, said the specialist, without giving further details.
The three skeletons have been transferred to the warehouses of the National Museum of Alexandria for study, the note states.
Photograph provided by the Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities of a group of workers who are opening the sarcophagus that was found in a neighborhood of Alexandria
Photo provided by the Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities showing the remains found in the sarcophagus.
The interior of this sarcophagus has been the subject of controversy since it was discovered three weeks ago, as the ministry indicated at the time of the discovery that it dated from the Ptolemaic era (3rd century BC).
The Greco-Roman period of the Ptolemies began in Egypt with the conquest of the country by Alexander the Great, in the year 332 BC. C., and ended with the taking of Alexandria by the Romans, 30 years before Christ, when Queen Cleopatra VII ruled the country.
During these last days, several foreign media, citing Egyptian experts, had assured that inside the sarcophagus there could be the mummy of “a high-ranking president”, which fueled rumors on social networks that it could be Alexander the Great himself.
Egyptian archaeologists prepare to open the sarcophagus, in the Sidi Gaber district of Alexandria
Egyptian archaeologists prepare to open the sarcophagus, in the Sidi Gaber district, in Alexandria (Egypt)
Egyptian archaeologists examine the three decomposed mummies found in a sarcophagus, in the Sidi Gaber district of Alexandria.