Skip to comments.Egyptians hope to find Cleopatra's tomb
Posted on 04/15/2009 7:51:41 PM PDT by Free ThinkerNY
Cleopatra and Mark Antony were immortalised as two of historys greatest lovers, but their final resting place has always been a mystery. Now archaeologists in Egypt are about to start excavating a site that they believe could conceal their tombs.
Zahi Hawass, director of Egypts Superior Council for Antiquities, said yesterday that there was evidence to suggest that Cleopatra and Mark Antony were buried together in the complex tunnel system underlying the Tabusiris Magna temple, 17 miles from the city of Alexandria.
The dig, which begins next week, could reveal answers to the many myths surrounding the pair including speculation about the Queens reputed beauty and the couples suicide. Teams from Egypt and the Dominican Republic will begin excavating three sites along the tunnels in the hope that one of the deep shafts will lead to a burial chamber. The sites were identified by a radar scan.
Kathleen Martínez, an Egyptologist from the Dominican Republic who is working on the dig, said that the writing of Roman chroniclers indicated that the two were buried together. The discovery that ten mummies of nobles were buried at the site had strengthened evidence that Antony and Cleopatra could be close, she said.
Last year archaeologists at the temple unearthed a bronze statue of the goddess Aphrodite, the alabaster head of a Queen Cleopatra statue and a mask believed to belong to Mark Antony. The expedition also found 22 coins bearing Cleopatras image, which Dr Hawass said showed an attractive face debunking recent speculation on the queens renowned beauty. The finds from Tabusiris reflect a charm. . . and indicate that Cleopatra was in no way unattractive, Dr Hawass said in a statement.
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“Teams from Egypt and the Dominican Republic...”
“Kathleen Martínez, an Egyptologist from the Dominican Republic...”
The Dominican Republic???
Her dad kept trying to marry her off to passing Roman generals. She had a son by Gius Julius Caesar in his younger wilder days and she was married at various times to two of her older brothers (Egyptian families were close in those days.)
But there were no takers until Marcus Antonius showed up in Alexandria in about 37 BC, having left a pregnant wife in Rome. He had no money and a big army to feed. It was love at first sight...
(Definitely better looking than Cleopatra.)
Dig ‘may reveal’ Cleopatra’s tomb
BBC | April 15, 2009 | BBC
Posted on 04/15/2009 6:43:13 PM PDT by re_tail20
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