Eerie “cursed” pink sarcophagus of an Egyptian “pyramid guardian” found in the City of the Dead after 3,300 years

Archaeologists have discovered a RARE pink sarcophagus at the famous Sakkara Necropolis in Cairo.

The granite coffin is up to 3,300 years old and belonged to a prominent politician who lived during the reign of King Ramses II.

A rare pink granite coffin has been discovered in Egypt's

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A rare pink granite coffin has been discovered in Egypt’s “City of the Dead.”Photo credit: AFP

The discovery was announced by the Egyptian Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities in a expression on Monday.

They said the body of the “high-ranking official” inside was stolen by grave robbers hundreds or even thousands of years ago.

according to dr Ola Al-Ajezi, head of the archaeological team from Cairo University’s Faculty of Archaeology, said the lid had been broken, indicating it had been opened and looted, much like many tombs in the area.

The sarcophagus was found near the Pyramid of King Unas in the Sakkara Necropolis near Cairo.

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Nicknamed the “City of the Dead,” the ancient necropolis is said to house the remains of thousands of people.

Carved from pink granite, the sarcophagus was adorned with the name of its owner, “Ptah-M-Wiah.”

According to the hieroglyphs engraved on it, he headed a temple built by Ramses II in the ancient city of Thebes.

These inscriptions are placed alongside scenes depicting the songs of the Egyptian god Horus and a prayer to protect the deceased.

An image of Ptah-M-Wiah was carved on the coffin’s exterior, showing him holding a stone pillar associated with the god Osiris.

According to Egyptian officials, he oversaw the temple’s livestock and was head of its treasury.

As a respected statesman, he is also said to have been responsible “for the divine offerings to all the gods,” according to the ministry.

“What also makes this tomb unique is the area in which it was found,” said Dr. El Aguizy The National.

“A number of very important military leaders, statesmen and aristocrats were buried there, most of them dating back to the reign of Ramesses II.”

Ramses II was the third pharaoh of Egypt’s 19th dynasty.

He is also known as Ozymandias and Ramses the Great.

Ramses is known for his extensive building plans and for the many colossal statues of him found throughout Egypt.

The discovery of the pink sarcophagus could spark fears of the infamous “Curse of the Pharaohs”.

Some people believe that the legendary curse will strike anyone who disturbs the mummified remains of an ancient Egyptian person.

This supposed curse is said to be indistinguishable between archaeologists and thieves and to cause misfortune, illness, or even death.

It is often associated with King Tutankhamun and the people who died after opening his tomb.

Scientists and archaeologists have repeatedly refuted the claim, dismissing it as nothing more than an urban myth.

It was circulated thousands of years ago to deter ancient Egyptian thieves from plundering tombs of their many treasures.

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