Since the announcement of its discovery earlier this month, the buried sarcophagus in Alexandria, Egypt, created a lot of speculation about who might be inside.
Found 16 feet below ground, the sarcophagus is the largest ever discovered in Alexandria and the lid was sealed to the body with a layer of mortar.
But, the archaeologists were sure that the 2,000-year-old big sarcophagus was undisturbed, unlike other tombs that were opened and looted. Once something was found, a specialized restoration team will immediately take over, transferring the contents into an Alexandria museum storage to quickly start restoration procedures.
Despite rumours it is unlikely the tomb belongs to Alexander the Great - although it could contain the body of a wealthy nobleman.
"The sarcophagus has been opened, but we have not been hit by a curse", joked Mustafa Waziri, secretary general of the Ministry of Antiquities, speaking with Egypt Today. The sarcophagus didn't bear any inscriptions of names, and they weren't buried with valuables like gold masks or amulets that royals would typically have. It's believe is Alexander the Great who founded the city in 331 B.C. His tomb has never been found.
Daring experts ignored warnings the 9ft black coffin, found in the city of Alexandria, housed an evil curse and opened it regardless to find three skeletons submerged in rancid-smelling water.
An alabaster bust, its features weathered beyond recognition, was also found with the sarcophagus.
Last Saturday, Waziri said, five intact and sealed stone sarcophagi were found in Saqqara necropolis, along with a mummification workshop, and when one was opened nothing happened; no curse, and the world did not fall into darkness as some claim will happen.