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SANTO DOMINGO.- The attorney-turned-archaeologist Kathleen Martinez, who’s proud to proclaim that her work is part of a larger effort by a Dominican-Egyptian team, today said that her search for Cleopatra’s tomb continues and is convinced she’ll soon find it.

She said her search in the region, kilometers west of the ancient port city of Alexandria, has lasted four years in 4 to 5-month periods, and in addition to the Egyptian queen, expects to find at her side the mummified body 50  of her lover, Marc Antony. “Important evidence of a royal tomb was found and I affirm that it’s the tomb of Cleopatra and Marc Anthony.

Martinez also affirms that given the scope and sheer numbers of tombs, her team has found Egypt’s largest cemetery. “It’s the largest cemetery found in Egypt, with its artifacts, a series of 40 to 45 tombs cut into the bedrock 35 meters deep, with tunnels and passageways.”

The archaeologist, interviewed by Huchi Lora on Channel 11, said the digs had to be recently suspended given the extreme summer temperatures and more so from the dangerous conditions they bring about. “The appearance of snakes and scorpions to the surface in the summer season, with 40 plus centigrade temperatures, makes it impossible and risky to continue the excavation.”

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, in Cleopatra’s lineage. “We’ve found artifacts including many coins, the mask of Mar Anthony, busts of Alexander the Great, but the most interesting point is that we’ve been able to find those tunnels.”

Martinez hailed the support given her project by Zahi Hawas, Secretary General of Egypt's Supreme Council of Antiquities, and the “enthusiasm” with which the Egyptian crew works on the sites.

“The Egyptians and our team are working with much enthusiasm, because they are searching for their Queen,” she said of the pharaoh who died in 30 AC.

She said the zone, which had been excavated since 1831 by some of the world’s most renowned archaeologists, still holds many secrets and given he fact that the mummies are so well preserved shows that they belonged to the class of nobles, with the resources to make this type of procedure possible.

She added that the Discovery Channel is going to be filming the excavation, whereas the magazine National Geographic will publish a feature on her work.

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12 comment(s)
Written by: CarlosFranco, 26 Jun 2009 9:25 AM
From: United States, Brooklyn

You go girl... Make us proud!!

Written by: mrios, 26 Jun 2009 12:11 PM
From: United States
A real Dominicana all could be proud of......Brains, Determination, Self respect, good looks and a Classic REAL ROLE MODEL.
The DR needs more REAL WOMAN and Men for that matter.
Written by: Gizmo This user is banned, 26 Jun 2009 12:34 PM
From: United States
Good news!
Written by: xwill7, 26 Jun 2009 2:25 PM
From: United States, El cuarto bate
hope she does not use HGH or PED to find Cleo
Written by: FredCDobbs This user is banned, 26 Jun 2009 3:26 PM
From: Dominican Republic, Parque Colon statue of Anacaona
only flintstones
Written by: old_school_trinitario, 26 Jun 2009 5:09 PM
From: Dominican Republic, San Carlos, barrio de matatanes, aqui no invente
where are all the hater and dominicans wanna be's that were bashing dominican women on this forum.

I think they are not man enough to handle a dominican lady like Kathleen Martinez.
Too good looking and too smart for this scum bags that slander the name of my people.
Written by: mrios, 26 Jun 2009 6:55 PM
From: United States
Thanks, you could not have said it any better, they can't handle what they cannot control. When will they act like real MEN, one would think they must not have Mothers, Aunts, Grand Mothers,Sisters, Wives or Daughters.
Hey Brother look at it this way, Ignore our President......I do, hes no better then You or I.
Be creative look for ways around the B&*% S#%@ SELF SUFFICIENCY is the KEY.
Here in the U.S I avoid being in anyway a victim of OH'Balma's power / controlling policies.
ALL Politicians are only GREEDY SELF SERVING HUMANS anyway.
What if......There was an election and nobody voted, SIMPLE nobody can make you vote, they need your vote in order to stay in power and control you and your way of self determine Life.
Pull the rug from under there feet.
If the system does not serve it's People then NO VOTE is the CHOICE it's not that I don't believe in Government, it's Government not serving its Citizens..... It's only self serving.
Written by: chillaxin201 This user is banned, 26 Jun 2009 10:27 PM
From: Dominican Republic, Boycott Dominican Tourism
Not only is she smart but she attractive to ...
Written by: Gizmo This user is banned, 26 Jun 2009 11:39 PM
From: United States
Basta BASTA!!!!!
Written by: FredCDobbs This user is banned, 27 Jun 2009 9:16 AM
From: Dominican Republic, Parque Colon statue of Anacaona
Kathleen Martinez, while your down there see if you can find Chills and Vacanos grey matter along with the quislings and a few others
Written by: DominicanChic, 27 Jun 2009 10:40 AM
From: United States, New York
A wonderful example of the Dominican woman's perseverence - keep it up!
Written by: FredCDobbs This user is banned, 27 Jun 2009 10:43 AM
From: Dominican Republic, Parque Colon statue of Anacaona
Keep it up ! that is what my first wife said
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