They discover a tunnel under an Egyptian temple that could lead to the tomb of Cleopatra


A team of archaeologists recently discovered an underground tunnel, which may lead to the lost tomb of Cleopatra, beneath the ancient Taposiris Magna temple in the western Mediterranean city of Alexandria, Egypt.

According to the Egyptian Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities in a Releasethe tunnel dug in the rock, is two meters high and it’s 13 meters underground; dates from Greco-Roman times and was discovered by a Egyptian-Dominican Archaeological Mission from the University of Santo Domingo.

The passage is named after a “geometric miracle” and archaeologists have explained that it resembles the architectural design of the Yubilinus Tunnel on the island of Samos, Greece.

Taposiris Magna it was founded by Ptolemy II between 280 and 270 BC and its name means tomb of Osiris.

“It’s the perfect place for Cleopatra’s tomb,” he said Heritage Key the Dr Kathleen Martínez, who led the joint mission.

Two images of the tunnel found west of Alexandria. Credit: Egyptian Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities.

Martinez thinks Cleopatra and Mark Antony were buried in a necropolis near the temple. The archaeologist spent 14 years searching for the lost tomb of the last ruler of Ptolemaic Egypt, who ruled between 51 and 30 BC. vs.

Other discoveries

Excavations also revealed mummies with golden tongues and a cemetery containing Greco-Roman style mummies buried in front of the temple. This confirms Martínez’s theory that a royal tomb was built in the area.

Left: Archaeologist Kathleen Martinez thinks she’s on her way to finding Cleopatra’s final resting place after discovering the tunnel. Right: 3D model of the tunnel found. Credit: Egyptian Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities.

In addition, several ceramic pots and jars were found, as well as a rectangular block of limestone.

During previous excavations, the archaeological mission was able to find many important objects inside the temple, including coins bearing the images and names of Cleopatra and Alexander the Greatand various headless statues, statues of the goddess Isis, as well as various inscriptions and busts.

One of the heads of the statues found near the Taposiris Magna temple. Credit: Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities

Also, they discovered network of tunnels stretching from Lake King Marriott to the Mediterranean and 16 burials in rock-cut tombs from the Greek and Roman periods.

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Renowned for her intelligence and wit, Cleopatra has been described as incredibly seductive and persuasive, qualities that have added to her mystery throughout the centuries.

In addition, Cleopatra was a woman involved in several legends for many centuries, which is why the archaeologist assures that she will never give up her search. “If there is a 1% chance that the last queen of Egypt is buried there, it is my duty to look for her,” Martínez said.

References: Archeology / ABC.es / DW.

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