Experts in the United Kingdom also found the world's oldest figurative tattoos on two ancient Egyptian mummies recently, one of which is the oldest tattooed female ever discovered. Experts are assuming it represents whoever is buried in the sarcophagus, though that's yet to be confirmed.
Ashmawy said there was a layer of mortar between the coffin's lid and the body of the sarcophagus, indicating that it had not been opened since it was closed. Next to her, a glabrous head was found, which archaeologists consider to depict the owner of the tomb.
Archaeologists will now attempt to find out what is inside of the mysterious coffin without damaging it.
The team found it more than 16 feet below ground, inside a tomb they said likely dates back to the Ptolemaic period, which lasted from around 305 to 30 B.C.E. It could nearly be the start of a new Indiana Jones film.
The city of Alexandria had been mostly forgotten by researchers and archeologists, according to the Smithsonian.
A new mystery awaits history buffs in Egypt. But a sarcophagus of this size could mean someone of pretty high status. Just me? Well, great news if you're me: a huge 2,000-year-old sarcophagus has been unearthed in Egypt and, so far, we have no idea what's inside it. This recent finding has left experts baffled because it measures nine foot long and that they do not know who or what lies inside.
Then in April, a rare Greco-Roman temple was found.
Ancient Egypt has been in the headlines recently after a mysterious mummified body, that hadn't been seen by the public for over a century, has been uncovered with two heads - one belonging to a crocodile and one to Pharaonic Egyptian princess killed by the creature.