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Cairo.- The excavations headed by the Dominican Kathleen Martinez has made this month’s cover of the magazine National Geographic, with an article by Chip Brown titled “Searching for the real Cleopatra.”

It tells the history and theories of Egypt’s last Pharaoh, as well as Martinez’s efforts that manage to convince the head of that country’s Supreme Council of the Antiquities, Zahi Hawass, that Cleopatra could be buried somewhere different from those which have been searched for decades.

It calls Martinez a young prodigy, who at the age of 19 had already earned her law degree.

Her theory on where the remains of the powerful Egyptian queen could be is widely described in the news article.

“I reached the conclusion that Taposiris Magna was one of the possible locations of Cleopatra’s secret tomb because her death was a deeply religious ritual of   importance, which was carried out with a spiritualized and very strict ceremony,” Martinez said.

“Cleopatra negotiated with Octavian to be allowed to be buried together with Marc Anthony in Egypt, because she wished they buried her with him to represent the legend of Isis and Osiris. The true backdrop of the cult to Osiris is that supposedly it confers immortality,” she said.

Martinez’s finds have been news around the world and have steered 20 percent of the tourists who visit Egypt toward Alexandria to take photos of the zone where the only Latino and only woman currently working and heading an expedition in that country.

After six years Taposiris Magna has become one of Egypt’s biggest archaeological digs, thanks to Martinez’s tenacious work, and if he reaches her goal would the most important archaeological feat, equaled only by Howard Carter’s discovery of the tomb of Tutankhamen in 1922.

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16 comment(s)
Written by: zooma, 19 Jul 2011 8:41 AM
From: United States, and Dominican Republic

Kudos for her.
Written by: generoso, 19 Jul 2011 9:39 AM
From: Dominican Republic

So far Ms Martinez has been a publicity hound, and her only discoveries have been sensationalistic, she is the Dominican version of Geraldo Rivera (remember the fiasco in opening the "lost" Al Capone safe, that was unveiled, after much publicity with nothing in it?).
She seems proficient in "creating news" as well as making sure that they are published.
Let's just hope that she really discovers something new, but I have a feeling that the whole thing is a sham, to just generate publicity for her (so far) lacking exploits.
Written by: Cacique, 19 Jul 2011 9:58 AM
From: Dominican Republic
Brother Generoso, Martinez has found valuable objects of Egyp tribe, when she talk she do clear, no forked tongue...Peace.
Written by: WalterPolo, 19 Jul 2011 10:09 AM
From: Dominican Republic, Puerto Plata
Stunning example of what non-Dominican education can do..

I'm sure there's no archeology/Egyptology faculties worth mentioning on this island.
Written by: rumbabierta, 19 Jul 2011 10:40 AM
From: United States
Be proud will you !!!!!1
Written by: hellborn25, 19 Jul 2011 10:45 AM
From: United States, United states, homes of taxes and every foul philosophy on the planet.
props to her for making the front cover of the national geography magazine. but there is no way she gonna find cleopatra remaines.
Written by: lovingit, 19 Jul 2011 11:51 AM
From: United States, Delaware
Kudos Ms Martinez!
Written by: generoso, 19 Jul 2011 12:00 PM
From: Dominican Republic
So far squaw much blah blah, and no pipe tobacco, lol.
Written by: danny00, 19 Jul 2011 5:33 PM
From: United States, Rhodes scholar oxford university
two mice fell into a bowl of cream one mouse sunk to the bottom and died, the other mouse fought like crazy not to sink to the bottom and die as his friend did. he fought so hard the cream turned into butter. and he was able to CLIMB OUT OF THE HOLE HE WAS IN.

Written by: Perez, 19 Jul 2011 7:47 PM
From: Dominican Republic
You go!! Martinez!!
Written by: CarlosFranco, 19 Jul 2011 9:27 PM
From: United States, Brooklyn

When there's good news the Haters don't even comment...

Written by: hellborn25, 19 Jul 2011 10:21 PM
From: United States, United states, homes of taxes and every foul philosophy on the planet.


danny why dont you shut your big ahole first .
Written by: DomLon, 20 Jul 2011 7:25 AM
From: United Kingdom
Generoso makes some valid points. I get the impression that she was chosen by Hawass more for her publicity value than anything else. Now that he has been sacked will this work continue.

As an individual Kathleen Martinez has done very well.
Written by: ElChico, 20 Jul 2011 4:50 PM
From: United States
Good positive story about a Dominicana!!! That's what I like to see!!!
Written by: FedericoD, 6 Aug 2011 12:32 AM
From: Canada
Well done! Walterpolo. .. she may come back to start a program one day. ...
Written by: Veristhorne, 21 Aug 2011 1:35 PM
From: United States, Monterey Bay, Caliornia
How thoughtful of you to spend your time pointing out the failings of others, so we may learn from your example.
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