The world-renowned archaeologist says he has identified the area where the mummified remains of the Queen of Egypt and Marco Antonio remain hidden.
Egyptian archaeologist Zahi Hawass, considered among experts one of the most prestigious Egyptologist in the world, claims to know with certainty the exact location of the tomb of Cleopatra (Alexandria, 69-12 BC.).
During a conference at the University of Palermo (Sicily), the 71-year-old expert shocked the audience when he claimed to have finally identified one of the most elusive and searched for tombs of ancient Egypt: that of Cleopatra.
If confirmed, it would be one of the great discoveries of history, a discovery “more important than the tomb of Tutankhamun,” as Hawass himself put it.
During the speech, the ambassador of Egyptian cultural heritage in the world presented the audience with recent archaeological discoveries in Egypt (the necropolis of Minya, the tomb of the priest of Thot in Sakkara). However, to the surprise of attendees, he spoke about the tomb of Cleopatra and Marc Antony and even said he knows where the tomb is hidden.
All the data collected over many years lead Hawass to one specific location: To an underground chamber, a few meters deep, excavated in the ground in the shadow of the imposing ruins of Taposiris Magna, an Egyptian temple of the same name at the same location established by Pharaoh Ptolemy II Philadelphus between 280 and 270 BCE.
According to Plutarch, the temple denotes the tomb of Osiris, which is the translation of the name.
And it is precisely there, in a sacred and safe place, where Cleopatra’s priests, after their suicide, would have transported her mummified body.
And next to Cleopatra’s tomb, according to Hawass, are the remains of her great and tragic love: Marc Antony, the man with whom she shared the decline of the Ptolemaic dynasty of Ancient Egypt, whose kingdom fell under the control of the imperial Rome of Octavius.
Thus, Cleopatra and Marco Antonio would have symbolically united a common destiny of love and death.
Obviously, the famous archaeologist has not revealed the precise coordinates of Cleopatra’s tomb but is one step away from bringing it to light: “I hope to find the tomb of Antony and Cleopatra soon. I do believe that they are buried in the same tomb,” Hawass stated.
“We are so close to discover the accurate location of the tomb; we are on the right way. We know where exactly we have to dig,” Hawass said to the Italian News Agency.
The Egyptian archaeologist said that during his many years of investigations, numerous pieces of evidnece suggest that he has finally encountered the Queen’s final resting place and that he now knows exactly where he needs to dig.
“It is a monumental funerary place worthy of royalty, very important, it is not a funerary place, and many elements that refer to Cleopatra have appeared during my search, in short, it can not be a site dedicated to ordinary people, but only to the highest dignitaries,” he added.
Water would be one of the main issues that excavations searching for Cleopatra could face.
“Everything is submerged, a condition that does not allow us to excavate well, so the first thing we have to do is release the area of water, a job that we are organizing, this is the most complex phase, but the goal is to make it happen soon, and continue later with investigation and the excavations,”he explained.
The Egyptologist came to these conclusions after analysis of hieroglyphics that made reference to Cleopatra.
(H/T) University of Palermo