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Cleopatra’s tomb NOT found

Hazel Heyer l eTN  May 29, 2008

At the archaeological site of Taposiris Magna in Abusir, 45 kilometers north of Alexandria in Egypt, a bronze statue of the goddess Aphrodite, a headless Ptolemaic royal statue, an alabaster head of Queen Cleopatra and a mask thought to be of her lover Mark Anthony have been discovered by an Egyptian-Dominican team headed by Dr. Zahi Hawass, secretary general of the Supreme Council Antiquities (SCA). Egyptian Culture Minister Farouk Hosni made the announcement yesterday.

Hawass said that inside the temple of Taposiris Magna, a number of tunnels 50 meters in depth were found, along with long corridors and the foundation stones of the temple. The finds revealed that the structure was built during the reign of King Ptolemy II (282-246 BC).

Hawass said the shafts and tunnels have not led the team to Cleopatra’s tomb, as international newspapers have mistakenly reported.

“We have found nothing that indicates the presence of the tomb of either Cleopatra or Mark Anthony," he said, adding that the excavation work in the area will be resumed sometime this November.

In 2003, near Abu Qir Bay in the port city of Alexandria, a French team led by Frank Goddio found the 2000-year-old ruins of Cleopatra's Palace and the flagship of Napoleon's fleet, L'Orient on the Mediterranean sea floor which had previously revealed the location of the previous Temple of Heracles in Heracleon, the ancient sunken city. The Antirodos Island or the so-called Marc Anthony and Cleopatra underwater city is in the vicinity of the Heracleon and the sunken fleet. Still Cleopatra’s tomb has not been found.

The old Bibliotheca Alexandrina may have housed books, some 200,000 of them dedicated by Anthony to Cleopatra in the 3rd AD (however the Mouseion was destroyed by strife and battles fought in Alexandria deep into the dark ages under the Roman empire and the arrival of Christianity destroyed all remaining pagan temples and books including this batch), nothing gives any clue to Cleopatra’s remains or the location of the tomb anywhere in Alexandria’s port city of Egypt.

Cleopatra’s tomb NOT found
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