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Earlier this month, a mysterious solid granite sarcophagus was unearthed in Alexandria, Egypt. It is the biggest ever found in the city and people immediately began speculating about who could be buried inside. One credible theory was that the ancient tomb could actually be the resting place of Alexander the Great. Scientists dated the tomb to the Ptolemaic period, which began after his death in 323BC and stretched until Cleopatra’s death in 30BC. They also found what could have been a bust of the sarcophagus’ occupant nearby.

The Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities announced that they would be opening the tomb shortly.

Now, we’ve all seen this movie. You open the sarcophagus and either a mummy rises from the dead, spirits fly out at you or all of human kind is cursed for all eternity. Suffice to say, people were not too keen on scientists unleashing whatever was in that literal black box.

Others were perfectly content letting whatever new supernatural being popped out have their go at being in charge. With the current state of politics, an ancient undead leader might be a breath of fresh air.

Well, folks, the scientists opened the sarcophagus Thursday and it turned out to be the letdown of the millennium. It wasn’t Alexander the Great. It probably wasn’t even anyone of particular interest. Inside the ancient coffin were three skeletons (yeah, not even mummies!) and a whole lot of sewage. There may not be a supernatural curse but we can imagine that whoever was closest to the tomb when they opened it isn’t feeling too lucky right now.

Egypt sarcophagus open
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Experts theorize that the sewage entered the box (which looks to have been left undisturbed since it was first closed) while it sat in a sewage trench for thousands of years and that the moisture caused the human remains to decompose rather than remain mummified. There were no objects or inscriptions contained in the tomb to indicate who these remains belong to but one body has an injury that looks to be from an arrow, prompting the theory that the three were warriors of some sort.

After a thorough examination of the site, the remains and their box will be sent to the National Museum of Alexandria. It’s a little anticlimactic, but hey, it’s better than an earth-shattering curse. Well, at least for some people.