A RARE pink sarcophagus has been discovered by archaeologists at the famous Saqqara necropolis in Cairo.
The age of the granite coffin up to 3300 years belonged to a famous politician who lived during the reign of King Ramses II.
The opening was announced by the Egyptian Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities in a statement on Monday.
Supposedly, the body of a “high-ranking official” was taken away by grave robbers hundreds or even thousands of years ago.
According to Dr. Ola Al-Ajezi, head of the archaeological team at Cairo University’s Faculty of Archaeology, this is because its lid was broken, indicating that it had been opened and looted, like many tombs in the area.
The sarcophagus was found near the pyramid of King Unas in the necropolis of Saqqara, near Cairo.
Nicknamed the City of the Dead, the ancient necropolis is believed to contain the remains of thousands of people.
Carved from pink granite, the sarcophagus was decorated with the name of its owner “Ptah-M-Wiah”.
According to the hieroglyphs inscribed on it, he presided over the temple that Ramses II built in the ancient city of Thebes.
These inscriptions are placed next to scenes depicting songs of the Egyptian god Horus and a prayer for the protection of the deceased.
The likeness of Ptah-M-Via was carved on the exterior of the coffin and showed him holding a stone pillar associated with the god Osiris.
According to Egyptian officials, he supervised the temple’s livestock and was in charge of its treasury.
A respected statesman, he is also considered responsible “for divine offerings to all the gods,” the ministry said.
“What also makes this tomb unique is the area where it was found,” said Dr El Aghizi National.
“A number of very important military leaders, statesmen and aristocrats were buried there, most dating from the reign of Ramesses II.”
Ramses II was the third pharaoh of the 19th dynasty of Egypt.
He is also known as Ozymandias and Ramses the Great.
Ramses is known for his extensive building schemes and the many colossal statues of him found throughout Egypt.
The discovery of a pink sarcophagus may raise concerns about the infamous “curse of the pharaohs”.
Some people believe that a legendary curse will affect anyone who disturbs the mummified remains of an ancient Egyptian man.
This supposed curse is said to make no distinction between archaeologists and thieves, and is said to cause bad luck, illness, or even death.
It is often associated with King Tutankhamun and the people who died after his tomb was discovered.
Scientists and archaeologists have repeatedly refuted this claim, dismissing it as nothing more than an urban myth.
It was common thousands of years ago to prevent ancient Egyptian thieves from raiding the tombs of their many treasures.
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