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SANTO DOMINGO.- “That’s the mystery of the past, we’ve found doors as small as 20 by 20 centimeters which lead to great chambers,” revealed the Secretary General of Egypt's Supreme Council of Antiquities, regarding the search for Cleopatra’s tomb by a Dominican-Egyptian team.

Zahi Hawas is in the country to receive a decoration in the National Palace and a Doctorate degree from the Catholic University of Santo Domingo in the company of Dominican archaeologist Kathleen Martinez, who leads the team which searches for Cleopatra’s tomb.

“So far only 30 percent of archaeological artifacts and tombs have bee found,” Hawas said of the investigation in his country, despite the constant excavations by teams from around the world. “But with cameras we can now see what’s behind those magic walls.”

The Egyptian scholar said Egypt’s Government seeks to assure that the excavations are transparent and allow people around the world can observe the work. “We also use National Geographic so that everyone can see what we’re doing,” he said Wednesday morning in an interview on Telesistema Channel 11.

A Dominican’s dream

“I saw that it was a dream of Kathleen, I then realized that the place had to be important since no one would have built anything there unless it was for an important figure,” Mawas said.

Whereas Martinez, an attorney-turned-archaeologist who’s proud to proclaim that her work is part of a larger effort by a Dominican-Egyptian team, noted that she convinced the Supreme Council of Antiquities to let her look for Ptolemy’s Temple, near Alexandria, where she’s convinced she’ll come across one of Egypt’s most enduring secrets. “I know inside that I’m close to finding Cleopatra’s tomb.”

She said with Hawas’ support, she has found the largest mummy tomb uncovered so far and among the important sites found, she noted that of the Taposisirs Magna, or the temple of Osiris, and Isis, determined from the gathered evidence in Greek script, which she said reveal the link to Ptolemy

“I halted the Louvre museum’s excavations until they return five Egyptian paintings which they did, and so far 5,000 artifacts have been returned from around the world,” he said, adding that he’s also working for the return of five unique pieces, such as the Nefertiti bust and a Rosetta stone in London’s museum. “I’ve centered by demand on Nefertiti’s bust.”

Cleopatra live

The scholar also invited the hosts of the Telesistema program El Dia, Huchi Lora and Patricia Solano, to transmit the excavation live via Egyptian satellite “to see all the artifacts we’ve found,” whereas Lora invited the scholar to visit the country for a conference on January.

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18 comment(s)
Written by: Blutarsky This user is banned, 18 Nov 2009 9:31 AM
From: Dominican Republic, No Spin Zone
these were the dreams of my childhood ....finding a tomb of a pharaoh intact ....Zahi Hawas has allowed the sun to shine and rightfully so on the Dominican archaeologist Kathleen Martinez wouldnt it be wonderful a discovery by them of something as profound as Tutankhamen......,That sure beats Corky attending the Latin Grammy awards
Written by: Cacique, 18 Nov 2009 9:46 AM
From: Dominican Republic
After Cleo, Kathleen should find my forefathers and all the wampum white man steal...Geronimo!!
Written by: josean, 18 Nov 2009 11:39 AM
From: United States, Fighting the Dictatorship of the Narco PLD Mafia; Guillermo Moreno President 2016
Hey Kathy,

When you’re done in Egypt, could you come and help LIE-onel Fernandez find the missing $130,000,000 dollars from the Sunland loan, the missing plans for the METRO, the missing 180,000 daily riders, Miss Sobeida Felix, and his professor Narciso Gonzalez!

PS

And if it’s not too much to ask, also the "progress" he has promised the Dominican people on THREE occasions!
Written by: josean, 18 Nov 2009 12:33 PM
From: United States, Fighting the Dictatorship of the Narco PLD Mafia; Guillermo Moreno President 2016
ateo1992,

I truly don't mind the "attacks," but if you could, please be funny and original, if it’s not too much to ask from someone with a BRAIN!
Written by: Blutarsky This user is banned, 18 Nov 2009 1:51 PM
From: Dominican Republic, No Spin Zone
Josean singing " If I only had a Brain " sing along with Josie...http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8RjXY_-PUbo
Written by: Blutarsky This user is banned, 18 Nov 2009 1:55 PM
From: Dominican Republic, No Spin Zone
dont give up looking for the Wizard josean.......maybe he can help you
Written by: josean, 18 Nov 2009 2:16 PM
From: United States, Fighting the Dictatorship of the Narco PLD Mafia; Guillermo Moreno President 2016
Banistan,

Your humor like, your sexual potency, appears to be in the realm of ateo1992's, weak!

Aging is so cruel!
Written by: CarlosFranco, 18 Nov 2009 4:46 PM
From: United States, Brooklyn

By Josean

""""When you’re done in Egypt, could you come and help LIE-onel Fernandez find the missing $130,000,000 dollars from the Sunland loan, the missing plans for the METRO, the missing 180,000 daily riders, Miss Sobeida Felix, and his professor Narciso Gonzalez!""""

Also Mrs Kathleen would please find the solution to Haiti, so that Haitianos like Josean, would stop bitching about other people's country!

Written by: CarlosFranco, 18 Nov 2009 4:48 PM
From: United States, Brooklyn

What Haitiano's like Josean don't realize is that progress for the DR is synonymous with kicking the haitians out and closing the border... I mean, the only ones who benefited from the Boom experienced in the DR were the Haitian... Dominicans were leaving in record numbers to the US...

I WANT PROGRESS (kick the haitians out)
Written by: josean, 18 Nov 2009 6:34 PM
From: United States, Fighting the Dictatorship of the Narco PLD Mafia; Guillermo Moreno President 2016
The Domincan chapter of the KLAN has arrived!
Written by: glomarexplorer, 18 Nov 2009 11:56 PM
From: United States, Fresh Water Paradise-NY Finger Lakes
In a country lacking morality and civility and sensible and meaningful accomplishments, what a great and inspirational story! This is one which carries tremendous international prestige, in a leveled playing field.

Kathleen, please forge full-steam ahead, our faith and prayers are with you. A whole nation stands behind you, cheering you every step of the way to success. Yes, success will be your to have, for I have a feeling that long before your birth you were already pre-destined to achieve great things.

Have no fear or trepidation, for Cleopatra's tomb is yours to discover and awaits you. It's been reserved for you and for you alone. Upon your ultimate success, a hungry nation will finally have something to crow about, be truly proud of.

I thank you in advance for the joy you'll bring us.
Written by: CarlosFranco, 19 Nov 2009 12:26 AM
From: United States, Brooklyn

""""The Domincan chapter of the KLAN has arrived!""""

Do you want progress JOSEAN? Yes or No

because so far, the misery in DR has worked to haitians favor....

During our "so call boom" more dominicans left in record number and more haitians entered in record numbers (2,000,000) today !
Written by: Blutarsky This user is banned, 19 Nov 2009 10:45 AM
From: Dominican Republic, No Spin Zone
unfortunately she could never find Joseans brain
Written by: josean, 19 Nov 2009 11:53 AM
From: United States, Fighting the Dictatorship of the Narco PLD Mafia; Guillermo Moreno President 2016
I thought after your stays in Banistan they had water boarded you out of that bad habit of repetition!
Written by: josean, 19 Nov 2009 11:54 AM
From: United States, Fighting the Dictatorship of the Narco PLD Mafia; Guillermo Moreno President 2016
I thought after your stays in Banistan they had water boarded you out of that bad habit of repetition!
Written by: mariposa, 19 Nov 2009 4:37 PM
From: United States
There has never been a government in power in the Dominican Republic that was NOT corrupt. As a descendant of Dominicans, I am saddened and disheartened every time I visit this beautiful place, and find that nothing has been done for the poor. The United States sends almost 750 million dollars annually to help this island country, but I am certain that the majority of that money goes to line the pockets of those in power.

Sad, but true.
Written by: josean, 19 Nov 2009 4:39 PM
From: United States, Fighting the Dictatorship of the Narco PLD Mafia; Guillermo Moreno President 2016
mariposa,

Are you by any chance the famous poet Mariposa?
Written by: CarlosFranco, 20 Nov 2009 10:53 AM
From: United States, Brooklyn

The US is one of the reason for our poverty Mr. mariposa.... That 750m is not a handout; its a buyout!

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