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Why do some not want the black sarcophagus discovered by accident in Egypt to be opened?

No one knows what the black granite sarcophagus contains recently unearthed in Alexandria.

Is about one of the rarest finds discovered so far. Unlike other Egyptian tombs that have been opened and looted, this one remains unchanged for more than 2,000 years. Although much history can be learned once it is examined, many Internet users do not want the sarcophagus to be opened. You know why? They give some reasons.

the strange reasons

superstitions. To speak of Ancient Egypt is also to speak of the pharaohs and their worship. There is the so-called “curse of the pharaoh”. Since they were considered gods or demi-gods, it was believed that if a tomb was opened and disturbed the pharaoh’s rest, the person would carry the curse that would end his life.

A deadly virus. There are those who assume that a virus could get out of the sealed sepulcher and spread. Perhaps they say this because they have seen many movies about deadly contagious viruses. Although the idea of ​​a deadly virus or deadly bacteria does not sound so far-fetched after remembering that in previous cases some have died after digging pharaonic tombs, and it is not because of any curse, but rather due to bacteria concentrated for centuries in the tombs.

Such is the case of the tomb of Tutankhamun, discovered in 1922 by Howard Carter, when more than 8 explorers died after contracting a “deadly bacteria”. Or in 1971 in Sakkara, where Walter Brian Emery led the excavation and stole a relic that his son later returned, believing that it was a curse and that the Egyptologist would have died for that reason.

Howard Carter / Credit: Denver Post

Alexander the Great. According to specialists, the tomb could belong to the early Ptolemaic period that began after the death of Alexander the Great in 323 BC. C. The mystery about the location of the tomb of the Macedonian general Alexander the Great could finally be solved.

https://www.planetacurioso.com/2015/09/30/10-curiosities-that-you-didn’t-know-about-ancient-egypt/

Unknown identity

Next to the piece of black granite, a man’s head sculpted in alabaster was found that could be the portrait of the person who is buried. But time has done its thing, and his face is practically unrecognizable.

The sarcophagus weighs about 30 tons, so extracting the tombstone will require good planning and care. Local media report that the large sarcophagus will have to be lifted by crane and transferred to an archaeological site to be opened and examined.

Needless to say, the discovery was accidental on July 1, while an excavation was being carried out to build a building. Is it another reason to keep the sarcophagus sealed?

[Gizmodo, CNN, Magnet]

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