“The excavation revealed a huge religious center with three sanctuaries, a sacred lake, more than 1,500 objects, busts, statues, golden pieces, a huge collection of coins portraying Alexander the Great, Queen Cleopatra and the Ptolemies,” Martinez said so to The Sunday Review.
Kathleen Martinez discovered A tunnel that may lead to The tomb that was never found Credit: Kathleen Martinez-Nazar/Taposiris Magna Project
“The most interesting discovery is the complex of tunnels leading to the Mediterranean Sea and sunken structures,” She added. Her next step will be to investigate these underwater structures. Egyptian Queen’s Lost Tomb — A journey that began in 2005.
“My perseverance cannot be confused with obsession. I admire Cleopatra as a historical character. She was a victim of propaganda by the Romans, aiming to distort her image,” Martinez said.
“She was an educated woman, probably the first one who studied formally at the Museum in Alexandria, the center of culture in her time,” According to Martinez stated that Cleopatra is a friend, a teacher, a linguist and a mother to her.
Cleopatra, who was married to the Roman general Mark Antony in 30 BC, took her own life shortly afterward. She allowed an assassination. to Bite her according to It is a popular belief. This moment is immortalized in literature and art, but it’s been more than two millennia since we know anything about their remains.
In 1963’s movie, Elizabeth Taylor plays Cleopatra while Richard Burton portrays Mark Antony. “Cleopatra.” Credit: Twentieth Century Fox
Martinez was led by a series of clues to Believe Cleopatra’s The tomb could be found in the Temple of Osiris, in Taposiris Magna on Egypt’s northern coast. This is where the Nile River meets with the Mediterranean.
Name was the top of them all. According to Martinez, Cleopatra was a woman of her time to Be “the human incarnation of the goddess Isis,” Antony was regarded as to Be that of Orisis, the god Isis’ husband.
Martinez believes Cleopatra may You have made your choice to In the, bury your husband. temple to Reflect this myth. Martinez stated that she studied 20 temples around Alexandria. “no other place, structure or temple combines so many conditions as the temple of Taposiris Magna.”
Excavations have so far unearthed over 1,500 objects from the past. Credit: Egyptian Ministry of Tourism
Martinez adopted her theory in 2004. to Zahi Hawass Egyptian archaeologist During that time, she was Egypt’s minister for antiquities. One year later, her project was approved.
Martinez is finally feeling the results of years of searching.
So far, excavations have shown that “the temple was dedicated to Isis” Martinez believes this to be another indication that the tomb is nearby, along with the tunnels below it.
Martinez is now on the hunt for the mysterious tomb. under The Mediterranean Sea Credit: Kathleen Martinez-Nazar/Taposiris Magna Project
Martinez said that Martinez is now at “the beginning of a new journey” — underwater excavations.
According to A statement from the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities. Egyptian Over the centuries, the coastline has been ravaged by earthquakes, causing some parts of the Taposiris Magna to Succumbing to the bottom under The waves.
Martinez and her colleagues are currently focusing on this area. It is not easy, but it is. “too early to know where these tunnels lead,” She is optimistic.
Tunnels are a great way to get around. lead to Cleopatra, “it will be the most important discovery of the century,” She spoke.