Archaeologists opened an enigmatic black sarcophagus found in Egypt — see photos of the gruesome scene

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Archaeologists opened an enigmatic black sarcophagus found in Egypt — see photos of the gruesome scene

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Coffin is moved over by a truck after archaeologists unearthed a sarcophagus containing three mummies in Alexandria, Egypt July 19, 2018.

REUTERS/Mohamed Abd El Ghany

It’s been over 24 hours since archaeologists from Egypt’s antiquities ministry pried open a mysterious, 30-ton black sarcophagus, and no ancient curse has befallen the planet despite tabloid warnings.

The sarcophagus was first found earlier in July by construction workers in a residential area of Alexandria, a city on Egypt’s Mediterranean coast. It’s the largest sarcophagus ever found in the city.

Some observers thought it might contain the corpse of Alexander the Great, as the sarcophagus dates back to the early Ptolemaic period (about 323 BC), which began after his death.

What the archaeologists found inside the sarcophagus was grisly — but it was not the earth-shattering discovery some had hoped it would be.

The three skeletons found in the sarcophagus were most likely soldiers, according to Egypt’s antiquities ministry, and one skull showed signs of fractures caused by a sharp instrument.

Check out some pictures of the sarcophagus below:

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