A giant black granite sarcophagus measuring an astounding 8.6′ in length, 5.4′ in width and standing 6 feet tall has been unearthed at an archeological dig in the fabled city of Alexandria. It was buried at a depth of 16.4′ below the surface of the earth and those on site have reported that the seal between the lid and the body of the giant sarcophagus remains unbroken. Dr. Mostafa Waziri, general secretary of Egypt’s Supreme Council of Antiquities, announced the find on July 1st, 2018 and indicated that it was the largest burial box ever found in the Alexandria region.
An additional item of note was found alongside the giant sarcophagus, namely a rudely carved alabaster head of an unknown man. Speculations are that the bust represents the person interred in the giant sarcophagus, however there is nothing concrete at this time to support or deny this theory. No other items have been reported as new discoveries at this time.
Large, but not the Largest Ever
The largest sarcophagus ever discovered was found in the Valley of the Kings. It was constructed of red granite for Pharaoh Merneptah who reigned more than 3,200 years ago. It was a nested construction, consisting of four total sarcophagi, one resting inside another. The total size was more than 13′ long, 7 ‘ wide and more than 8 ‘tall. It was originally quite colorful and has a lid that is still intact. Pharaoh Merneptah was Ramesses II’s 13th son. He succeeded his father when he was in his early sixties and reigned for ten years between 1213 B.C – 1203 B.C. No one is sure why Pharaoh Merneptah’s sarcophagi were so elaborate when compared to both his father’s and his grandfather’s. Some theorists speculate that extra room was needed to carve the extensive ritual illustrations and magical spells necessary to guide the Pharaoh into the afterlife.
Another giant sarcophagus belonging to Seti I was measured at 9′ 4″ long and made of alabaster. The fact that his mummy is only 5′ 7″ tall is often used to refute any conspiracy theories on giants in ancient Egypt. That complete burial box is on display at the Soane Museum in London.
Seeking The Remains of Giant by Examining Giant Sarcophagi
Throughout Egyptian history, there are numerous accounts of giants reported and even mummified remains discovered. One notable find was in 1988, when Gregor Spörri was allowed to photograph and examine a 15″ long mummified finger that was found by a grave robber. The bent finger was dried and musty but looked authentic. The grave robber was never heard from again after the encounter and the location of where it was looted still remains a mystery. Also accounts of King Khasekhemui (2690 BC) who was the final ruler of the Second Dynasty was believed to be over 8′ tall. The million-mummy cemetery called Fag el-Gamous , and a nearby pyramid have been excavated by archaeologists from Brigham Young University for the last 30 years. There they discovered a mummy over 7′ tall who was bent in half for burial.
The Big Question
The thirty ton giant sarcophagus is raising questions among the workers excavating the site. Ancient Egyptian men averaged just around 5 feet tall and women slightly smaller. The lack of any significant burial items seems to signify that the person wasn’t royalty, so the likelihood of a nested sarcophagus seems small at best. But, what’s fueling conspiracy theorists are rumors that the scientists are thinking about not unsealing it, but rather only scanning the item in order to determine what’s inside. Are they hiding something that could change the narrative on Egyptian archeology?
Does this discovery finally prove the existence of giants in ancient Egypt? Could it be a new chapter in understanding how the pyramids were constructed? It’s been theorized that huge men and women existed and they performed the tasks of moving the giant blocks of stone to build the Giza plateau. Also, it’s been theorized that advisors from another world spent time in the Egyptian desert and helped the nation achieve a technological dominance. No one is sure, and it’s possible that this discovery makes things muddier rather than clearer. We can only wait and continue our speculating until the team makes their decision on whether to open it or not. Until then, the task of extracting the giant sarcophagus will keep them busy.
About Dr. Mostafa Waziri
As one of Egypt’s heads of antiquities, Dr. Waziri is responsible for all of the Upper Egypt’s antiquities including its most famous sites in Luxor like Karnak and Luxor temples, and the famed Valley of the Kings. He’s one of the most revered archeologists in Egypt and has been part of multiple projects in his professional lifetime. Some of the notable projects include a discovery behind the Temple of Karnak in Luxor, where Waziri’s teams have discovered a new Temple. Inside they found an immense statue of Ramses II. In another project led by Dr. Waziri south of Cairo, archaeologists announced the exciting discovery of a previously unknown necropolis which they had been excavating for years and were finally ready to reveal the findings. The announcement was highlighted by the discovery of 8 different tombs with multiple sarcophagi inside of them.