Egyptian researchers have uncovered a massive underground tunnel near the city of Alexandria. They are hoping that it will take them to the long-lost tomb of Queen Cleopatra VII. On Facebook, the Egyptian Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities published some rare photos of the discoveries.
According to the post, the excavation was led by Dr Kathleen Martinez, who directs the University of San Domingo’s Egyptian-Dominican archaeological mission. The tunnel, which is 1.3 kilometres (0.8 miles) long, was carved through the rock beneath Egypt’s ancient Taposiris Magna Temple. The ministry called the tube, which is more than 13 metres (43 feet) underground, a “geometric miracle.”
The study team believes that the foundations of the Taposiris Magna Temple are also submerged as a result of the several earthquakes that rocked the Egyptian shore between 320 and 1303 AD.
“During previous excavation seasons, we were able to find many important artefacts inside the Temple including coins bearing the images and names of both Queen Cleopatra, Alexander the Great, and a number of beheaded statues, and statues of the goddess Isis,” according to the FB post.
Several users were quite excited about the finding of the tunnel. One of the users wrote, “And we will still discover treasures in every part of Egypt. Egypt, gentlemen, before history a long time ago. Egypt the mother of history”. Another user wrote, “That’s so unbelievable!!! Keep up the good work”. A third user wrote, “I always say that Alexandria is treated like the house of Al-Hawi, all secrets… God is the greatest”.
“Eternal Egypt! The original gem of the world,” one commenter wrote.
Cleopatra VII was born in 69 or 70BC and ruled Egypt as co-regent for approximately 30 years. Egypt was seized by the Romans after her death, essentially ending the 3000-year-old Egyptian Empire. Egypt’s last queen, Cleopatra, was one of history’s most famous female rulers, yet her final resting place is unknown. Some researchers believe she was buried at Alexandria, where she was born and governed for most of her life. Others say she was buried at Taposiris Magna, an ancient location.
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