PHOTOS: Cleopatra's Tomb Site Discovered?

PHOTOS: Cleopatra's Tomb Site Discovered?
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Is this one of archaeology's most important dimples? Holding a mask he believes to represent Cleopatra's husband, Egyptian official Zahi Hawass told the press on April 19, 2009: "Many believed he had this cleft on his chin, and that's why I thought this could be Mark Antony."

Found at the Taposiris Magna temple, the mask, Hawass said, is among the evidence that Antony and Cleopatra are buried in one of three spots under the temple, which will be excavated by Egyptian and Dominican archaeologists next week.

Not everyone is quite so sanguine. "I would have thought it very unlikely that Mark Antony was buried with her," University of Oxford classics professor Mary Beard told National Geographic News in 2008, when the mask was discovered.

Beard's fellow Oxonian John Baines, an Egyptologist, questioned why Octavian, who defeated Antony, would have chosen such a hallowed entombment site, the Associated Press reported on April 19.
— Photograph by Amr Nabil/AP
 
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