Saturday, December 8, 2012

Egypt's Largest Sarcophagus

Archaeologists are busy reconstructing the largest known sarcophagus ever found in Egypt. The sarcophagus belongs to the Nineteenth Dynasty Pharaoh Merneptah.

Merneptah's burial is unusual in that his body was surrounded by four stone sarcophagi (most of the Pharaoh's burials had one sarcophagus and several coffins). The sarcophagus in question was reduced to shattered pieces of stone in ancient times. Tomb robbers probably began the process, but breaking up the sarcophagus was likely completed by government officials who wanted to get at one of the inner sarcophagi so that it could be re-used in the burial of Psusennes I.

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