Egyptian Diggers Believe They Found Crypt of Antony and Cleopatra

Published January 22nd, 2019 - 10:16 GMT

Archaeologists believe they have found where the burial crypt of Antony and Cleopatra, who are thought to have died around 30 BC.

Egyptian historians say that they believe they now know where to dig and hope to uncover the tomb 'soon'.

The ancient city of Taposiris Magna, around eighteen miles from Alexandria, is believed to be where the two ruler's remains were laid to rest.


Archaeologist Dr Zahi Hawass said: 'The long-lost tomb of Antony and Cleopatra will be eventually uncovered.

Zahi Hawass, an Egyptian archaeologist and former Minister of State for Antiquities Affairs, said that it is only a matter of time before they uncover it.

'I hope to find the tomb of Antony and Cleopatra soon. I do believe that they are buried in the same tomb,' he said.

'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.'

Antony and Cleopatra are one of histories most well known couples, however little evidence of the ancient Queen and her husband exists.

Coins, busts and other depictions thought to represent them have been found are which leaves many to speculate about their lives and deaths.

Cleopatra VII Philopator was the last active ruler of the Ptolemaic Kingdom in Egypt. Mark Antony, or Marcus Antonius, was a Roman politician and general.

Cleopatra and Antony famously took their own lives in 30 BC, after Octavian's forces pursued them to Alexandria.

While Antony is said to have fatally stabbed himself in the stomach, Cleopatra's method of suicide is less certain.

Legend has it that she died by enticing an 'asp'—most likely a viper or Egyptian cobra—to bite her arm but some say she was murdered.


This article has been adapted from its original source.

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