Just 13 meters below the ground of an ancient Egyptian city lies a mysterious tunnel that could lead to a tomb that archaeologists have spent decades searching for.
A team on an Egyptian-Dominican archaeological research mission from the University of Santo Domingo discovered the tunnel in the area of the Temple of Tapozeris Magna, west of Alexandria. While its destination is uncertain, some believe it leads to Cleopatra’s tomb.
The tomb itself has yet to be discovered, but based on the location of the tunnel, archaeologists believe they may have found the location.
Cleopatra is rumored to be buried in a harbor in ancient Alexandria, which is now under water due to the effects of natural disasters such as tsunamis, as well as war, that hit the city.
According to a Facebook post by Egypt’s Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities, studies of the potentially ground-breaking discovery suggest it is similar in design to another centuries-old tunnel found in Greece. Lap.
(Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities / Facebook)The Egyptian tunnel, which is partially underwater, according to the ministry post, is believed to be about 2 meters high and runs 1,305 meters long.
The discovery comes about 2,052 years after the death of Cleopatra, who lived from 69 BC to 30 BC.
She was the last leader of Egypt before being taken over by the Roman Empire in 30 BC, following Cleopatra and Marc Antony’s defeat to Octavian (later known as Augustus) at the battle of Actium.
Cleopatra was the ruler of the Ptolemaic Kingdom of Egypt for 21 years.
Earlier in the Egypt-Dominican archaeological research mission, notable artifacts were discovered inside the Temple of Tapozeris Magna, such as coins with images and names of both Queen Cleopatra and Alexander the Great, as well as decapitated statues and statues of the goddess Isis.
Tunnel to Cleopatra’s Tomb Likely Discovered in Egypt (Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities / Facebook)This isn’t the only tunnel found during the mission – several tunnels stretching across the King Marriott Lake to the Mediterranean have been discovered, as well as 16 burials inside rock-carved tombs ( known as commonly used in the Hellenistic and Roman period), and some mummies, highlighting features of the earthworks used during those times.