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They weigh more than 100 tons, they are solid Aswan granite, and they are precision engineered to tolerances which would be deemed remarkable today.
|The tombs are believed to be the burial places of Apis bulls, worshipped as deities in Ancient Egypt|
The stark black boxes do display some hieroglyphics but they are of such poor quality that the scribbles are regarded as graffiti.
|It remains a mystery how the ancient culture were able to carve such huge and accurate sarcophagi|
The formal burial site is believed to have been built sometime 3300 years ago by Ramesses II.
|Apis bulls were believed to be incarnations of the god Ptah|
The temple was discovered by Auguste Mariette, who had gone to Egypt to collect coptic manuscripts, but later grew interested in the remains of the Saqqara necropolis.
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