News & Opinion | July 20, 2018 9:27 am

Disintegrated Mummies Found in Mysterious Black Sarcophagus in Egypt

The remains had decayed beyond recognition.

Handout picture released by the Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities shows disintegrated mummies within the sarcophagus.
Handout picture released by the Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities shows disintegrated mummies within the sarcophagus.
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The remains of three mummies in a pool of leaked sewage water have been discovered by Egyptian archaeologists at a construction site in Alexandria, CNN reports. The remains, which Egypt’s Ministry of Antiquities say likely belonged to military officers, were found in what CNN describes as a “previously unexcavated section of one of Alexandria’s largest ancient cemeteries.”

“One of the mummies had a trace of an arrow in the head,” ministry official Aiman Ashmawy Ali told CNN in a phone interview. ”It proves he died in a conflict. Maybe that explains three mummies in one big sarcophagus.”

Pictures from the dig show the experts descending into a 16-foot-deep pit. They reportedly wedged the large sarcophagus open with a wooden plank.

Take a look at some of the images below.

Photo released by the Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities shows archaeologists prying open the lid of the sarcophagus.
Handout picture released by the Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities shows disintegrated mummies within the sarcophagus.
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Photo released by the Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities shows archaeologists ascending out of the pit following their excavation.