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Egyptian archaeologists on Wednesday pried open a mysterious, 30-ton black sarcophagus, where they found three skeletons - and one that suffered a blow to the skull. Born in 356 BC and living until 323 BC, Alexander was one of the world's greatest conquerors and ruled the ancient Greek kingdom of Macedon.

According to experts who have now unsealed it, it's a no to both.

The almost nine-foot-long sarcophagus was discovered in the course of pre-construction building inspections in Alexandria's Sidi Gaber district.

The sludge, they think, leaked into the sarcophagus from a nearby sewage trough.

The tomb was found buried five metres beneath the surface and the help of Egyptian military engineers was required to open the 15-tonne lid.

Mustafa Waziri, Secretary General of the Supreme Council of Antiquities supported Abu Ela's doubt, and stated that while the coffin might not be suitable for Alexander, it could still belong to an ancient Egyptian noble.

"We've opened it and, thank God, the world has not fallen into darkness", Reuters quoted Waziri as saying. "I was the first to put my whole head inside the sarcophagus ... and here I stand before you".

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"People are saying it might contain Alexander or Cleopatra or Ramses".

Experts have said the three individuals in the tomb may have been soldiers in the time of the Pharaohs.

Here is a video footage showing a man pouring red-colored liquid found inside the tomb after taking samples to be analyzed by the archaeological team assigned to assigned to supervise the opening of the mysterious sarcophagus.

The structure is nearly two metres (6.5ft) high and three metres long, and is the largest of its kind ever found intact.

The unmarked tomb in Alexandria did not likely belong to any other notable ruler in the Ptolemaic period (332 BC-30 BC) associated with Alexander the Great, or the subsequent Roman era, Waziri said.

Archaeologists will now study the tomb in depth to pinpoint when its occupants lived, and how they died.

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