Egypt reveals details of skeletons found inside sarcophagus

Egypt reveals details of skeletons found inside sarcophagus
The skeletons in the black granite sarcophagus uncovered in July in the Sidi Gaber district of Alexandria. (Egyptian Antiquities Ministry/AFP)
Updated 19 August 2018

Egypt reveals details of skeletons found inside sarcophagus

Egypt reveals details of skeletons found inside sarcophagus
  • The remains were initially thought to be those of three warriors
  • They were found in a sewage-filled black granite sarcophagus

CAIRO: Egypt says researchers have determined the gender and age of the three skeletons found inside a black granite sarcophagus uncovered in the Mediterranean city of Alexandria in July.
Nadia Kheider, of the Antiquities Ministry, says Sunday the skeletons belong to a woman in her early 20s, a man in his late 30s and a man in his early 40s.
Chief researcher Zeinab Hasheesh says one of the skulls has a cavity indicating a “surgical intervention.” Mostafa Waziri, head of the Supreme Council of Antiquities, says researchers found gold inside some of the bones.
The 2,000-year-old sarcophagus, which was filled with red fluid, created a stir on social media. The ministry says the red fluid was sewage water.