Tombs of Cleopatra and Mark Anthony may be unearthed

The tombs of doomed lovers Cleopatra and Mark Anthony may have been discovered in Egypt, scientists announced today.

The tombs of doomed lovers Cleopatra and Mark Anthony may have been discovered in Egypt, scientists announced today.

Archaeologists next week will begin excavating three likely sites near the Mediterranean.

Egypt's Supreme Council of Antiquities said they were identified last month during a radar survey of the temple of Taposiris Magna as part of the search for the tombs.

The temple is on Lake Mariut which is today called Abusir, near the northern coastal city of Alexandria, and was built during the reign of King Ptolemy II (282-246 BC).

Teams from Egypt and the Dominican Republic have been excavating the temple for the last three years.

The queen of Egypt and her Roman general lover committed suicide after being defeated in the battle of Actium in 31 BC. Ever since, questions have lingered over where their bodies are buried.

Several deep shafts have been found inside the temple, three of which were possibly used for burials. The leaders of the excavation believe it is possible Cleopatra and Mark Anthony could have been buried in a similar.

Last year archaeologists at the site also unearthed a bronze statue of the goddess Aphrodite, the alabaster head of a Queen Cleopatra statue, a mask believed to belong to Mark Anthony and a headless statue from the Ptolemaic era at the excavation site.

The expedition also found 22 coins bearing Cleopatra's image.

Zahi Hawass, Egypt's top archaeologist, said the statue and coins - which show an attractive face - debunk a recent theory that the queen was "quite ugly".

"The finds from Taposiris reflect a charm ... and indicate that Cleopatra was in no way unattractive," said Hawass, according to the statement.

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