Archaeologists open newly discovered ancient sarcophagus
A petition to let people drink from a red liquid found inside a 2,000-year-old Egyptian sarcophagus has received thousands of signatures. Speculations about the large black granite sarcophagus quickly started after its opening in the coastal city of Alexandria earlier this month. Yet Egypt’s Antiquities Ministry says the liquid is neither ‘juice for mummies that contains an elixir of life’ nor is it red mercury but only sewage water. The mysterious ten foot (three-metre) long, 6.5ft (two metre) high coffin was found buried 16ft (five metres) beneath the ground of the city. Egyptologists pried open the 30-ton (27,000 kg) sarcophagus to reveal three decomposed bodies.