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Newly Discovered Egyptian Tunnel Could Be Linked To Cleopatra’s Lost Tomb

Egyptian archaeologists say they have discovered an ancient hidden tunnel which some believe could lead to the long-lost tomb of Queen Cleopatra.

Egyptian Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities announced last week that an Egyptian Dominican archaeological mission from the University of Santo Domingo discovered the approximately 4,300-foot tunnel about 40 feet below ground in the ruins of the Temple of Taposiris Magna near Alexandria, Egypt.

Speculation has arisen that the tunnel may lead to the final resting place of Queen Cleopatra, who lived between 69 BC and 30 BC and was the last Egyptian ruler before Roman rule in the area.

The Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities said it is “remarkable” that archaeologists at the site have already found artifacts bearing the image and name of Cleopatra and Alexander the Great, as well as statues of the goddess Isis .

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Egyptian archaeologists have discovered a tunnel that some believe could lead to the tomb of Cleopatra.
(Egyptian Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities via Storyful)

“Her royal dynasty had built their tombs in their capital, Alexandria, and ancient writers tell us that Cleopatra took refuge there. [already constructed] tomb when the Romans captured Alexandria – and it was probably there that she committed suicide to avoid being chained in the streets of Rome during Octavian’s triumph”, Roland Enmarch, lecturer in Egyptology at the University of Liverpool, says Newsweek.

Enmarch said that Taposiris Magna was an “important religious center” during the Ptolemaic and Roman periods of Egyptian history and that the new tunnel is a “fascinating find”.

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Artifact found at an excavation site near Alexandria, Egypt.

Artifact found at an excavation site near Alexandria, Egypt.
(Egyptian Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities via Storyful)

“It would be exciting but also rather surprising if the famous Queen Cleopatra were buried at Taposiris Magna,” Enmarch added.

“If Cleopatra’s tomb is really there, it would be a find comparable or perhaps even superior to that of Tutankhamun in 1922,” Egyptology expert Eleanor Dobson told Newsweek.

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Image of the recently discovered tunnel near Alexandria, Egypt.

Image of the recently discovered tunnel near Alexandria, Egypt.
(Egyptian Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities via Storyful)

“There are so few images of Cleopatra from her time [limited to depictions on coins]that to contemplate her remains, to see this legendary queen, would be completely dominate the media.”

Dobson acknowledged there were no “concrete theories” as to where Cleopatra is buried, but said finally discovering her final resting place would be “sensational”.