Archaeologists discover tunnel that could lead to lost tomb of Cleopatra

Tunnel is carved into rock roughly 42 feet below the ground

Archaeologists have discovered a tunnel at the Temple of Taposiris Magna near Alexandria, Egypt, that they think may lead to the lost tomb of Queen Cleopatra, who ruled the region from 51–30 BC. Credit: Egyptian Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities via Storyful.

ALEXANDRIA, Egypt – Archaeologists think a newly discovered tunnel at the Temple of Taposiris Magna near Alexandria, Egypt could lead to the lost tomb of Cleopatra.

Excavation of the area, led by Kathleen Martinez of the University of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, led to the discovery of a tunnel containing coins that bear the images of Cleopatra and Alexander the Great.

Video of the tunnel can be viewed in the media player at the top of this article.

The Egyptian Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities stated in a press release that the tunnel is carved into rock roughly 42 feet below the ground.

Mustafa Waziri, Secretary-General of the Supreme Council for Archeology, said the tunnel is approximately 4,281 feet long and just over 6.5 feet high.

“Preliminary studies suggest that the architectural design of the discovered tunnel is very similar to that of Greece’s Jubilinos Tunnel, but longer, describing it as a geometric miracle,” the press release states.

Some pottery and two alabaster heads were also found with the coins, in addition to a number of headless statues.

A network of tunnels stretching from King Marriott Lake to the Mediterranean were also discovered at the temple along with mummies and 16 rock-carved tombs commonly used in the Greek and Roman centuries, according to the press release.

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