In search of Cleopatra’s tomb, they discover a “geometrical miracle” tunnel

They were looking for a treasure, and found another. Since 2004, a team of archaeologists has been exploring every corner of Egypt in search of the tomb of Cleopatra VII. For some time their excavations have focused on the ancient ruined city of Taposiris Magna northwest of Cairo. Their research led them to an architectural feat: a tunnel that they called a “geometrical miracle”, according to Science Alert who relayed the information on November 16.

Under one of the temples of the ancient city, Kathleen Martinez of the University of Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic and her teammates discovered the structure 13 meters deep. The tunnel is 2 meters high and was dug over a length of 1,305 meters in the sandstone.

According to the Egyptian Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities, its design is very similar to that of the Eupalinos tunnel. Often referred to as an engineering marvel, this 6th century BCE aqueduct on the Greek island of Samos spans 1,036 meters.

For now, the purpose of the Taposiris Magna tunnel remains unknown. On the other hand, it could be a serious lead to find Cleopatra’s sarcophagus, according to Kathleen Martinez and her team. Their excavations have given clues that seem to point in this direction.

For some years now, several experts have believed that the old queen of egyptlast of the Ptolemies, rests in the city Taposiris Magna, founded around 280 BC by Ptolemy (…)

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