A more than 2,000-year-old unopened sarcophagus has been discovered in the ancient city of Alexandria, Egypt. However, archaeologists are undecided about whether the sealed tomb should be opened, as well as who or what might be found inside.
The black granite sarcophagus is about 9-feet long and 5-feet wide, making it the largest of its kind to be found still intact in Alexandria. A layer of mortar sealing the lid to the base is a sure sign that the sarcophagus’ contents have lain undisturbed since it was buried during the Ptolemaic period, roughly between 323BC and 30BC. An alabaster bust, believed to represent the tomb’s inhabitant, was found alongside.
But opening the ancient tomb isn’t easy. “It’s risky to open it directly – we need to prepare,” said Ayman Ashmawy, the head of ancient Egyptian artifacts at the ministry of antiquities. “It’s difficult to move it intact and open [it] in a museum. It’s five meters underground and the whole thing weighs over 30 tons. The lid alone is 15 tons.”
Once opened, the contents will be exposed for the first time in millennia. It requires extensive preparation to ensure that the ancient discovery is properly preserved.
On today’s show, Glenn Beck and Pat Gray agreed it might be safe to open the sarcophagus if Tom Cruise, The Rock, and Brendan Fraser were all standing by.
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