Archaeologists have found a vast and amazing tunnel under a temple in the ruins of the ancient city of Taposiris Magna, west of Alexandria and north of Egypt. to report Science Alert News AgencyA team of archaeologists led by Kathleen Martinez, an archeologist from the University of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic managed to discover this amazing structure at a depth of 13 meters. This tunnel, which archaeologists consider a geometrical miracle, is 2 meters high and 1305 meters long and is dug among sandstones.
According to the Egyptian Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities, the design of this tunnel is remarkably similar to the 1036-meter tunnel in ancient Greece called Opalinus. This ancient aqueduct was built in the 6th century BC. It was built on the Greek island of Samos. Opalinos aqueduct is always mentioned as an engineering wonder and was unique in terms of design and construction in its time. Now, while the Taposiris tunnel isn’t exactly unique, its engineering looks incredibly impressive. Parts of the Taposiris Magna tunnel are submerged in water, and despite its similarity to the Opalinus tunnel, the purpose of its construction remains unclear.
Temple of Isis in the ruins of the ancient city of Taposiris Magna.
Kathleen Martinez, who has been searching for the missing tomb of Cleopatra VII at the Taposiris Magna archaeological site since 2004, has reported promising clues in this tunnel. Thus, archaeologists are apparently closer than ever to discovering the tomb of the famous queen and the last king of the Ptolemaic dynasty.
The discovery of the tomb of Cleopatra and Mark Antony can become the most important discovery of the 21st century
Quoted from CNN television networkIn the recent excavations, a huge temple with 3 smaller places of worship, a sacred lake and more than 1500 ancient artifacts including ceramic vessels and vases, several statues and busts, gold artifacts as well as coins with images of Alexander the Great, Queen Cleopatra and Ptolemy were discovered.
The city of Taposiris Magna around 280 BC. It was founded by Ptolemy II, the son of the famous general Alexander the Great and one of Cleopatra’s ancestors. Meanwhile, well graves containing many Greek and Egyptian burials have been found in the temple. Therefore, it is possible that Cleopatra and her husband Mark Antony were also buried in one of these well tombs.
Kathleen Martinez of the University of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, has been searching for the missing tomb of Cleopatra for more than 2 decades.
Martinez cites his immense admiration for this famous historical figure as the reason for his insistence on finding Cleopatra’s lost tomb. According to this 56-year-old archaeologist, Cleopatra was a victim of Roman political propaganda that wanted to distort her role and status. Cleopatra has always been admired as a very intelligent and literate woman, linguist, mother, philosopher and politician. Cleopatra was also the first person to officially study at the Alexandria Museum, which was the cultural hub of her time.
Archaeologists have discovered a tunnel that may lead to Cleopatra’s tomb
With the death of Mark Antony in 30 BC. who died in Cleopatra’s arms, he also decided to end his life. Finally, Cleopatra ended her life with the bite of a snake, a scene that was given a magical effect thanks to countless works of art. But now more than 2000 years later, there is still little information about his and his wife’s burial place.
The Taposiris Magna tunnel with a height of 2 meters and a length of 1305 meters is incredibly similar to the Opalinus tunnel in ancient Greece, another one is called in Greece.
Martinez has several clues to find Cleopatra’s tomb. According to him, the ancient Egyptian Wonder Woman was probably buried in the temple of Osiris and his goddess Isis in the city of Taposiris Magna. The ruins of this ancient city are located on the northern coast of Egypt, where the Nile River meets the Mediterranean Sea. Kathleen Martinez’s most important clue to discover the lost tomb is the name of this temple. In fact, during her lifetime, Cleopatra (like all pharaohs and queens of ancient Egypt) was the human incarnation of the goddess Isis. Meanwhile, her husband Anthony also played the role of the living incarnation of the god Osiris.
According to Martinez, Cleopatra may have decided to bury herself and her husband in the temple to reflect this legend. According to Martínez, of all the 20 temples surveyed around Alexandria, no other site, building, or temple is as well-suited to Cleopatra’s burial as Taposiris Magna. It was for this reason that when Martins went to Zahi Hawass, the Egyptian Minister of Antiquities, with this exploration plan in 2004, his proposal was immediately accepted. Finally, about 1 year later, his plan was officially approved.
After years of searching, Martinez really feels that he is close to the lost tomb. The excavations that have been carried out in this temple have shown well that this temple was really dedicated to Isis. Martinez and his colleagues are now entering a new round of their excavations. They will soon begin their underwater excavations. According to the official statement of the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities of Egypt, the coast line of Egypt has been damaged many times by terrible earthquakes during different centuries and parts of Taposiris Magna have also gone to the roaring waves after collapsing.
This is where Martinez and his colleagues will look for the next step in their discoveries. Although it is still too early to know where this tunnel will eventually lead, there are many hopes. As Zahi Hawas said 13 years ago, the discovery of the tombs of Cleopatra and Mark Antony can become the most important ancient discovery of the 21st century. However, even if Martinez and his colleagues fail to make this discovery, important discoveries await them inside and outside the temple, discoveries that can provide new information about this mysterious city.