In brief: Egyptian scientists who analyzed the mummies found inside have managed to establish the stature, sex, and age of the mummies covered in the so-called ‘mummy juice’. Curiously, more than 25 thousand people had signed a petition for drinking the juice that remained in the sarcophagus for thousands of years.
The Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities has released new details about the giant black granite sarcophagus discovered in Alexandria, Egypt. According to the Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities, the skeletons found inside the mysterious sarcophagus unearthed in July and opened despite ‘all warnings’ about alleged ancient curses it might unleash.
A close-up of the recently unearthed sarcophagus. Image Credit: Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities.
The enigmatic sarcophagus is considered the ‘largest’ granite sarcophagus ever discovered in Alexandria measuring 185 centimeters tall (6ft), 265 centimeters long (8.6ft), and 165 centimeters wide (5.4 ft.)
Experts say that the ominous sarcophagus remained buried for more than two thousand years 16 feet beneath the surface.
According to reports, the skeletons from the skeleton have been studied by a team of scientists from the Egyptian Antiquities Ministry, who have managed to determine the mummies age, gender, as well as many other details.
The results of the research were published on the Antiquities Ministry’s Facebook page:
The results of the archaeological studies carried out by a team of researchers from the Ministry of Antiquities on the…
According to Dr. Nadia Kheider, Head of the Central Department of Antiquities of Lower Egypt, the first skeleton belongs to a woman between the age of 20 to 25 years old, with a height around 160 to 164 cm.
The second one belongs to a man between the age of 35 to 39 years old, with a height ranging between 160 to 165.5 cm while the third skeleton is for a man between the age of 40 and 44 years old and its height was between 179 to 184.5 cm
Interestingly, experts have also recovered Small gold plates among the bones, measuring 5cm by 3cm (about 2in by 1in). Experts say that the plates feature delicate artwork and most likely were used to represent military ranks. The plates are being studied in detail by experts.
In addition, researchers from the Ministry of Antiquities also discovered a hole in one of the man’s skulls. The hole, experts say, was not what caused the man’s death, but is evidence of head surgery, better known as Trepanation.
“This surgery is the oldest surgical intervention ever known since pre-history but was rare in Egypt,” Dr. Zeinab Hashish, the head of the researchers’ team, said.
Interestingly, only a few skulls from ancient Egypt were found to have undergone the procedure, making this find an extremely important one.
The research on the mummies is not over.
Soon, experts will be carrying out new studies on the bones, including DNA analysis and CT scans, to determine whether they were members of a single family.
In regard to the dark, icky mummy juice found inside the sarcophagus, experts have now confirmed it is, in fact, sewage water, tinted by the corpses’ decayed wrappings.