People are afraid of what’s inside Egypt’s newly discovered 2,000-year-old sarcophagus

An Egyptian archaeological mission found an enormous sarcophagus — the largest ever to be found in Alexandria — made from a striking black marble. It’s been closed for 2,000 years, according to Egypt’s Ministry of Antiquities, and no one knows who’s inside.

“Experts have not yet determined to whom the tomb belongs,” Mostafa Waziri, the General Secretary of Egypt’s Supreme Council of Antiquities, told Yahoo News.

When Science Alert reported the existence of the mysterious sarcophagus on Wednesday, people immediately warned against opening it. It would unleash a curse that would bring a thousand years of darkness to all of humanity, they argued.

Sure, scientists say that opening it would be really hard or whatever, but that doesn’t mean it shouldn’t happen.

“It’s difficult to move it intact and open [it] in a museum,” Ayman Ashmawy, the head of ancient Egyptian artifacts at Egypt’s ministry of antiquities, told The Guardian. “It’s five meters underground and the whole thing weighs over 30 tons. The lid alone is 15 tons.”

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