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Healing and revival
- "A sarcophagus is designed to boost health and longevity, heal or revive someone terminally injured. They are nowhere near powerful enough to animate non-living cellular matter."
- — Selmak
A Sarcophagus is a piece of Goa'uld healing technology.
The sarcophagus is based on the technology used in the Ancient Healing device. The sarcophagus exists as a small one-person chamber where the injured or the dead can be placed. The sarcophagus will close and the healing or revival process will begin. There is a control crystal on the top of the sarcophagus which can be used to open or close it, however it will automatically open when the healing process is complete. If a healthy person uses the sarcophagus it produces a pleasing effect on the body and becomes addictive, eventually altering the person's mind and causing a drastic change in their personality. (SG1: "Evolution, Part 1", Stargate, SG1: "The Tomb", "Need")
The Goa'uld Telchak found the Ancient Healing device and after much research and experimentation was able to create the first sarcophagus. Ra had a sarcophagus on his ship that he took to Abydos and used it to revive Daniel Jackson. Later Jackson used the sarcophagus to revive Sha're. The Goa'uld Hathor had been placed in a sarcophagus on Earth thousands of years ago and remained there until 1997 when she was discovered. The sarcophagus was sent to Stargate Command and was later damaged by Hathor and exploded. The People of P3R-636 had a sarcophagus left behind when the people rebelled against the Goa'uld which Pyrus had been using for 700 years to extend his life. Marduk had been imprisoned in a sarcophagus inside a Ziggurat, along with a alien creature which slowly ate him as the sarcophagus healed him, prolonging his death. Col. Jack O'Neill was tortured and killed by Ba'al before being revived by a sarcophagus over and over. Yu Huang-Shang Ti was so old that he needed to use the sarcophagus almost every day to keep himself alive as he was no longer able to take a new host. (SG1: "Evolution, Part 1", Stargate, SG1: "Hathor", "Need", "The Tomb", "Abyss", "Fallen")