The tomb of Queen Cleopatra may finally have been found 2,000 years after she committed suicide by poisonous snake bite.In a new documentary, experts suggest the Ancient Egyptian Pharaoh is buried in a mysterious site on the Nile Delta.
Archaeologists are digging at the site of Taposiris Magna, just 60 miles from Cairo, in hopes of unravelling the mystery behind this elusive queen.
“In Egypt, on the edge of the Nile delta, a massive archaeological dig is underway as experts search for the tomb of Egypt’s most famous pharaoh,” explains Science Channel in a statement.
“A new theory about Cleopatra’s burial ground introduced by archaeologist Dr. Kathleen Martinez, suggests her tomb may be found in a place known as Taposiris Magna.”
Cleopatra was the last queen of Egypt and is one of history’s most famous female rulers.
She is famous for marrying the Roman Emperor Julius Caesar and was played by Elizabeth Taylor in the eponymous 1963 Hollywood film.
The queen died in 53BC, reportedly by suicide after she was captured and arrested in the Egyptian city of Alexandria by Roman ruler Octavian.
According to legend, Cleopatra had her servants smuggle poisonous snakes into her makeshift cell which she allowed to bite her to death.
Archaeologists have never found Cleopatra’s tomb, but they believe it’s located somewhere near Alexandria.
Taposiris Magna has long been touted as Cleopatra’s final resting place, but archaeologists are yet to turf up her tomb.
Sitting just outside Alexandria, the temple’s surrounding city of the same name was a prominent port town during Cleopatra’s time.
“Built over 2,000 years ago, the grounds of Taposiris Magna are honeycombed with hidden passages and tombs,” Science Channel said.
A brief history of Ancient Egypt
Here’s everything you need to know…
- The Ancient Egyptians were an advanced civilisation who at one point owned a huge portion of the globe
- The civilisation began about 5,000 years ago when ancient humans began building villages along the River Nile
- It lasted for about 3,000 years and saw the building of complex cities centuries ahead of their time – as well as the famous Great Pyramids
- The Ancient Egyptians were experts at farming and construction
- They invented a solar calendar, and one of the world’s earliest writing systems: The hieroglyph
- The Egyptians were ruled by kings and queens called pharaohs
- Religion and the afterlife were a huge part of Ancient Egyptian culture. They had over 2,000 gods
- Pharaohs built huge elaborate tombs to be buried in, some of which were pyramids – at the time among the largest buildings in the world
- The Egyptians believed in life after death, and important people’s corpses were mummified to preserve their bodies for the afterlife
- The Ancient Egytpian empire fell due to a mix of factors, including wars with other empires and a 100-year period of drought and starvation
Cleopatra VII was born in 70 or 69 BC and ruled Egypt as co-regent for almost 30 years.
Following her death, Egypt was annexed by its Roman rulers, effectively ending the 3,000-year-old Ancient Egyptian Empire.
Pharaohs often built huge tombs to be buried in, but given her status as a prisoner of Rome at the time of her death, it’s likely Cleopatra was given a quiet burial in an austere tomb.
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