The eternal resting place of Queen Cleopatra has remained one of the greatest mysteries in the history of Egypt.
For decades have Egyptologist tried solving the puzzle of the eternal resting place of the last active ruler of the Ptolemaic Kingdom without success.
Cleopatra VII Philopator was a diplomat, naval commander, linguist, and medical author, and is perhaps best known as the most famous Queen in ancient Egyptian history.
She was a direct descendant from Ptolemy I Soter, the founder of the Ptolemaic dynasty.
Finding the eternal resting place of Cleopatra, as well as the tomb of Mark Antony, would be one of the greatest discoveries in Egyptian history.
Because of that, many scholars and archaeologists have searched the land of the Pharaohs hoping to uncover clues that could lead to their well-guarded tomb.
Recent reports have suggested that archeologists Dr. Zahi Hawass may have uncovered ‘conclusive evidence’ that points to the eternal resting place of the ‘last’ Queen of ancient Egypt.
The Egyptologist has been quoted saying he has sufficient data as to where he needs to start excavating and hopes he will soon be able to uncover the tomb.
The location where Hawass believes Cleopatra was laid to rest is the ancient city of Taposiris Magna, located some 30 kilometers from Alexandria. The exact location of the tomb, however, remains a well-guarded secret.
“The long-lost tomb of Antony and Cleopatra will be eventually uncovered,” explained Hawass, an archaeologist, Egyptologist and former Minister of State for Antiquities Affairs.
He believes that it is only a matter of time before the tomb is revealed.
“I hope to find the tomb of Antony and Cleopatra soon. I do believe that they are buried in the same tomb,” he explained.
“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. The burial site has been finally estimated to be in the region of Taposiris Magna, 30km away from Alexandria.”
The above statements supposedly made by Hawass can be traced back to countless different websites who report the same thing.
But are archaeologists really that close to finding Cleopatra’s eternal resting place?
If we take a moment and do a bit more research, without jumping to awesome conclusions we find that archaeologists are not closer to uncovering Cleopatra’s resting place any more than they were 10 years ago.
To clear things up, Hawass spoke to Live Science.
“This is completely false information; [there is] nothing found at all about the tomb,” Hawass explained in the interview.
Media reports suggest that during a lecture Hawass gave in Palermo, Italy, he claimed that Cleopatra’s tomb was about to be found.
At that lecture, Hawass explained to Live Science, he spoke about current archaeological digs in Egypt, as well as work at Taposiris Magna, which is being carried out by a team led by archeologist Kathleen Martinez, who believes that the tomb of Mark Antony and Cleopatra VII may be located somewhere in the city.
And while Hawass discussed Martinez’s theories about the eternal resting place of Cleopatra, he claimed that archaeologists are close to finally excavating the tomb.
The archaeological excavation led by Martinez has been excavating at the ancient city of Taposiris Magna for around 10 years.
The tomb has still not been found, and there are doubts whether it ever will be.
History’s most famous lovebirds?
Queen Cleopatra and Marc Antony are considered one of history’s most famous couples, despite the fact that there is scarce evidence of their romantic life.
Archaeologists have so far recovered Coins, busts and other depictions thought to depict Cleopatra, the last active ruler of the Ptolemaic Kingdom in Egypt and Marcus Antonius, better known as Marc Antony.
It is believed that Cleopatra and Marc Antony committed suicide around 30BC after Octavian Forces chased and surrounded them in Alexandria.
Marc Antony is believed to have taken his life with by stabbing himself in the stomach.
However, Cleopatra’s end is more mysterious.
Some scholars argue that she met her end after either a Viper or Egyptian Cobra bit her.
Others believe that she was murdered.
Antony and Cleopatra’s dramatic lives are the subject of a Shakespeare play (Antony and Cleopatra).