Archaeologists discover statues of Cleopatra, Aphrodite





An alabaster head of Cleopatra and a
mask thought to belong to her lover Mark Antony have
been found near Egypt's Mediterranean city of
Alexandria, antiquities chief Zahi Hawass said on
Monday.

The two treasures, a bronze statue of Goddess
Aphrodite and a headless royal statue from the
Ptolemaic dynasty, which ruled Egypt between 323 and
30 BC, were discovered by a joint Egyptian-Dominican
Republic team of archeologists in the Tapsiris Magna
temple, Hawass said.

Some 20 bronze coins stamped with Cleopatra's face
were found in underground tunnels 50 metres (164 feet)
deep in the archeological site, Hawass said.



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