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The sarcophagus was discovered in early July at an Egyptian construction site. Given the coffin's large size and composition of granite, which would have had to be mined hundreds of miles away, experts said it was possible the coffin contained a man of importance, perhaps a nobleman of Alexander the Great.

David Milner, editor at Gamer Informer Australia, tweeted: "As a fan of Brendan Fraser's "The Mummy", I say don't open the cursed sarcophagus".

Archaeologists in Alexandria opened the tomb on Thursday, and the results are likely to disappoint: three skeletons floating in dirty water, according to Egypt's Ministry of Antiquities.

Untouched for over 2, 000 years, rumours that the mysterious tomb was either cursed or the resting place of Greek conquered Alexander the Great surrounded the expedition.

One skeleton appears to show signs the skull was punctured by an arrow.

Archaeologists believe it is 2,000 years old, dating back to the early Ptolemaic period, which began around 323 B.C. Since that's when Alexander The Great died, some people speculated it might contain his remains.

The structure is nearly two metres high and three metres long, and is the largest of its kind ever found intact. "Unfortunately the mummies inside were not in the best condition and only the bones remain", said Mostafa Waziri, secretary-general of the Ministry of Antiquities. The skeletons will be taken to the Alexandria's National Restoration Museum for further analysis to determine their cause of death.

The prospect of opening the long-sealed sarcophagus in Alexandria had prompted fears in Egyptian media that it could unleash a 1,000-year curse.

A team of scientists has survived the opening of an allegedly cursed sarcophagus in Alexandria, Egypt, to find the deteriorating remains of three skeletons.

"The sarcophagus has been opened, but we have not been hit by a curse", said Waziri, dismissing claims made by some United Kingdom media outlets about "possible curse" could be cast on the world in case the tomb was opened.

"I was the first to put my whole head inside the sarcophagus... and here I stand before you ..."