Scientists have suggested that was found in Egypt the sarcophagus belongs to a priest

© Photo : Ministry of AntiquitiesОгромный black sarcophagus, discovered under the building in the town of AlexandriaScientists have suggested that was found in Egypt the sarcophagus belongs to a priest© Photo : Ministry of AntiquitiesПодпишись to daily updates RIA Science

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Discovered in early July in the Egyptian city of Alexandria untouched by looters, a mysterious gigantic sarcophagus of black granite probably belongs to the priest of the IV-III centuries BC, not the king or Pharaoh, said in an interview with channel TEN, the Secretary-General of the Egyptian Supreme Council of archaeology and antiquities Mustafa Vaziri.

«The sarcophagus, which caused such global interest and so many incredible rumors, belongs, probably, to the priest, not the king or Pharaoh. We make this conclusion based on a simple design of the sarcophagus, the absence of inscriptions. When it is open, all will become clear,» said Vaziri.

He also urged not to believe the widespread rumours about the enclosed in the sarcophagus «the curse of the Pharaoh». «No, no, I assure you, nothing supernatural,» — said the representative of the Council.

Currently, the Ministry of antiquities of Egypt preparing for the lifting operation of the sarcophagus to the surface. Scientists and engineers develop a plan of future work and promises to keep the public abreast of what is happening.

Sarcophagus of black granite was discovered in early July, when carrying out construction works under one of the buildings in Alexandria. In the same place at a depth of five metres was found a 40-centimeter fragment of the statue of the man of marble and some other artifacts. Scientists believe that the statue and the artifacts can be related to the person who was buried in the sarcophagus.

It was reported that on-site excavations may be monuments of the Hellenistic period of Egyptian history (about the 332-30 BC). In the same area are already open burials relating to the IV century BC.

The mystery of the sealed sarcophagus has generated a lot of rumors in the Egyptian and European media. In Egypt talking about the «curse of Pharaoh» and that the sarcophagus, not likely was still open and looted because of a certain «evil», the prisoner in it. Fears fuels the unusual black color of the finds, as well as its huge size (265 centimeters in length, and 185 in height and 165 wide) — sarcophagi of this size have never been found in Egypt. The Western press made the assumption that the sarcophagus may belong to Alexander the great, burial place of which is still not found.