According to reports, archeologists in Egypt recently discovered a vast underground tunnel near the city of Alexandria that may lead to the long-lost tomb of Egypt’s last pharaoh and possibly its most famous ruler, Queen Cleopatra VII.
The 1.3-kilometer-long tunnel was cut into the rock beneath Egypt’s ancient Taposiris Magna Temple, according to Egypt’s Tourism and Antiquities Ministry.
According to reports, the tunnel is more than 43 feet underground and has been described by the Ministry as a “geometric miracle” that could lead researchers to Cleopatra’s final resting place.
According to reports, the excavation was carried out by a Dominican-Egyptian archaeological mission from the University of San Domingo. And, according to Dr. Kathleen Martinez, who led this mission, this is the ideal location for Cleopatra’s tomb.
In response, she stated, “If there is even a one percent chance that the last queen of Egypt is buried there, it is my duty to search for her.”
Cleopatra was the queen of Egypt’s Ptolemaic Kingdom from 51 BC until her death in 30 BC, when Rome took over the country. According to legend, her death also signaled the end of the Hellenistic period.
Martinez revealed more about the excavation, saying that this is the first time any archeologist has discovered tunnels, passages underground, inside the temple’s enclosure walls. She went on to say that if the discovery leads to Cleopatra’s tomb, it will be the most significant discovery of the twenty-first century.
According to reports, a portion of the tunnel was discovered submerged underwater, lending credence to the theory that the temple’s foundations were submerged as a result of at least 23 earthquakes that struck the area between 320 and 1303 AD.
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