The sarcophagus was found 5 metres deep in the ground after an ancient tomb from the Ptolemaic period was discovered during a construction dig.
The Egyptian antiquities ministry said the sarcophagus had remained sealed for more than 2,000 years, with an undisturbed layer of mortar between the lid and the body of the massive stone coffin.
The sarcophagus is 185 cm tall, 265 cm long and 165 cm wide, and is believed to be the largest ever found in Alexandria, a city on the northern coast of Egypt.More news: Thailand cave: Museum and movie in the works for Tham Luang
The 16-foot sarcophagus was found by workers for the Supreme Council of Antiquities in the Sidi Gaber district of Alexandria.
Head of the Projects Sector at the Ministry of Antiquities, Waad Abul-Ela, revealed the plan set to be used to lift the 30-ton archaeological sarcophagus to transfer it to one of Alexandria's archaeological sites. The finding is rare, and experts are trying to determine what is inside it.
In addition, experts in Australia found the wounded remains of an ancient priestess in a 2500 year old Egyptian coffin, which was long considered to be empty. Stunning new research also claims that King Tutankhamun may have been a boy soldier, challenging the theory he was a weak and sickly youth before his mysterious death at around 18 years of age.More news: Dan Martin powers to Tour stage victory
Oh, and then there's the large alabaster head discovered in the same underground tomb. But recently more effort has been made to find and preserve antiquities there.
The city of Alexandria is through to have been founded by Alexander the Great in 332 BC.
The grave was discovered when a team from the ministry was checking out the site for construction purposes.More news: Nets trade Jeremy Lin to the Hawks
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