Have the tombs of Anthony and Cleopatra been found? If so, this would be one of the most important archaeological discoveries in ages! Last year an alabaster head of Cleopatra was unearthed.
“...Zahi Hawass, director of Egypt’s 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 north of the city of Alexandria.
The dig, which begins next week, could reveal answers to the many myths surrounding the pair — including speculation about the Queen’s reputed beauty and the couple’s 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…Dr Hawass, who first suggested the temple as the possible burial site of the couple nearly three years ago, has called the possible discovery of Antony and Cleopatra’s tomb “bigger than that of King Tutankhamun’s tomb”, which was discovered in 1922.
Other experts are cautious, however, such as John Baines, Professor of Egyptology at the University of Oxford, who doubted that Antony would be buried alongside Cleopatra. “It’s unlikely Mark Antony would have a tomb that anyone would be able to discover because he was the enemy at the time he died,” he told The Times last year.Dr Hawass, however, remains defiant. “This is our theory. Others may disagree, but we are searching to see if we can prove it,” he said…..”