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Old 04-17-2009, 03:06 AM   #1
Antaletriangle
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Default Love eternal? Egyptian dig hopes to uncover Cleopatra and Mark Antony side by side

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencete...tony-side.html


By Cher Thornhill
Last updated at 8:54 PM on 16th April 2009

The burial place of doomed lovers Cleopatra and Mark Antony has remained an enduring mystery, but new evidence suggests it could soon be laid to rest.
Archaeologists are to begin searching three new sites identified in a radar survey of a temple close to Alexandria for the tombs of the celebrated queen of Egypt and the Roman general.
Egypt's top archaeologist Zahi Hawass said the finds have raised hopes that the legendary couple will be found together in a system of tunnels beneath the temple of Tabusiris Magna.
The discovery would be even bigger than the uncovering of King Tutankhamun's tomb, which was found in 1922, according to Dr Hawass.



Elizabeth Taylor as Cleopatra and Richard Burton as her lover Mark Antony in the 1963 film of the Egyptian queen. It was during filming that the co-stars also became lovers







Egypt's top archaeologist Zahi Hawass, pictured??!!lol, believes the find could be bigger than the uncovering of King Tutankhamun's tomb
The excavation is hoped to unravel a number of questions that have lingered over the couple, including whether they were buried together, her reputed beauty and their suicide.
Egypt's Supreme Council of Antiquities said that the three sites were identified last month during a radar survey of the temple close to Alexandria.
It is located on Lake Abusir, once known as Lake Mariut, near the northern coastal city and was built during the reign of King Ptolemy II from 282 to 246 BC.
Teams from Egypt and the Dominican Republic have been excavating the temple for the last three years.
They have already discovered a number of deep shafts inside the holy site, three of which were possibly used for burials.
The leaders of the excavation believe it's possible Cleopatra and Mark Anthony could have been buried in a deep shaft similar to those already found.
The couple are widely believed to have committed suicide after their defeat in the battle of Actium in 31 BC.
Kathleen Martinez, an Egyptologist involved in the dig, said that Roman records suggested that the lovers were then buried together.
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Old 04-17-2009, 03:24 AM   #2
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Default Re: Love eternal? Egyptian dig hopes to uncover Cleopatra and Mark Antony side by sid

I saw this on the news but never looked into it. I don't understand how this could be bigger than King Tut?
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