Relic Belonging to Cleopatra’s Father Discovered in Egyptian Tomb
Polish archaeologists have been working in the ruins of the ancient Egyptian city of Thebes, searching through an unexplored shaft at a 2000 BC temple in the Valley of the Nobles, an ancient cemetery in today’s Western Luxor. Archaeologists were excited to find an ancient relic containing hieroglyphic text that belonged to Cleopatra‘s Pharaoh father – a linen cloth that had been used to cover a holy image.
This fragment of cloth contains two columns of painted ink cartouches, creating ornamental borders that surround the name of Cleopatra’s father, Ptolemy XII Auletes, who lived from 80 to 51 BC. The archaeologists have noted that the area was taken over by Christian monks sometime in the 6th Century, who likely found the canvas in the ruins of a nearby temple and kept it with them for practical uses, along with any other objects in the area that they may have been able to find a purpose for, making the archaeologists feel extremely fortunate to have found it.
In addition to the linen fragment, the archaeologists made other discoveries, including faience beads and amulets, and a variety of clay ushebti figurines – talismanic figures created to help the deceased in the afterlife. The investigation into this previously unexplored shaft is still continuing, and is expected to go on until February 2016, and here at OROGOLD, we are most definitely excited to see what else is discovered.
The past couple of decades has seen a variety of artefacts from Cleopatra’s family being discovered. In 1998, divers led by a French archaeologist unearthed a granite phoenix from the choppy waters of Alexandria harbour. The phoenix had the head of Cleopatra’s father, and was believed to have been underwater for over 1600 years, the time when the city that Cleopatra and her family lived in was submerged under water after a series of earthquakes and flood waves.
2010 saw scientists using advanced technology to explore the submerged ruins of a temple complex and a palace that used to belong to Cleopatra. One of the richest underwater archaeological sites in the world, the team were able to gather together a fantastic array of findings, from coins and other everyday objects to massive granite statues depicting the rulers of Ancient Egypt, as well as sunken temples dedicated to their Gods.
In 2013, archaeologists found bone remnants in an ancient temple in today’s western Turkey, which they strongly believed belonged to Cleopatra’s murdered half-sister, Princess Arsinoe. Unfortunately, the bones had been handled too much, which meant that they could not be used for DNA identification.
Although many Ancient Egyptian archaeological sites have been destroyed, by both man as well as nature, these constant new discoveries give hope that one day, we will be able to understand even more about the life that the legendary queen, Cleopatra, lived. Underwater areas that contain remnants of Ancient Egypt are still being discovered today, so do keep checking back with OROGOLD Cleopatra for the latest news and updates on the most famous and inspiring queen ever to live.