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A mysterious ten foot (three-metre) long black sarcophagus has been opened in Alexandria, found on the northern coast of Egypt and founded by the legendary leader of the same name.
The 6.5ft (two metre) high coffin was first discovered earlier this month and unearthed in recent days.
30-ton - Kg - Tomb - Metres - Ground
The 30-ton (27,000 kg) tomb was found buried 16ft (five metres) beneath the ground of the city.
Egyptologists pried open the black granite sarcophagus earlier today to reveal three decomposed bodies.
Stone - Coffin - Sewage - Water - Rate
The stone coffin was also filled with sewage water, which is believed to have increased the rate of decomposition.
The move was confirmed by Mostafa Waziri, secretary general of the Supreme Council of Antiquities of Egypt.
Sarcophagus - Curse - Mr - Waziri
'The sarcophagus has been opened, but we have not been hit by a curse, said Mr Waziri.
None of the three mummies belong to a Ptolemaic or Roman royal family, as had previously been suggested, according to reports in Egypt Today.
Lack - Silver - Gold - Masks - Statues
The lack of silver or gold metallic masks, statues, amulets or inscriptions also suggests they were not of high status.
Mr Waziri said in a press statement that one of the skulls showed signs of multiple fractures.
Instrument - Soldier
He suggested that it had been hit by a sharp instrument and that it belonged to a soldier.
'Preliminary examination suggests the skeletons belong to three army officers, one of them his skull shows an injury of an arrow,' Shaban Abd Monem, a specialist in mummies at the Ministry of Antiquities, told Luxor Times.
Mummies - Alexandria - National - Museum - Coffin
The three mummies will now be moved to the Alexandria National Museum, while the coffin will be transferred to a military museum.
The sarcophagus was uncovered inside an ancient tomb earlier this month, which also contained a bust made from alabaster whose features had eroded into obscurity.
Egyptologists - Time - Tomb - Nobleman - King
Egyptologists at the time determined the tomb belonged to a nobleman as opposed to a king, The Daily Telegraph reported....
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