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Secrets of the Dead

Secrets of the Dead, Cleopatra’s Lost Tomb

Secrets of the Dead, Cleopatra’s Lost Tomb

Tuesday, June 18, at 8 p.m.
Repeats Wednesday, June 19, at 2 a.m.

In the annals of world history, few names are as recognizable as Cleopatra, queen of ancient Egypt. Cleopatra VII was a member of the Ptolemaic dynasty and the last pharaoh of Egypt. For centuries, scientists have been searching for her tomb; however, there have been very few clues about the remains of this powerful ruler.

SECRETS OF THE DEAD follows Kathleen Martinez, a criminal lawyer from the Dominican Republic turned maverick archaeologist, as she embarks on a quest to solve the mystery of Cleopatra’s final resting place.

Scholars have long believed that Cleopatra was buried in the ancient city of Alexandria, which sank into the Mediterranean more than a thousand years ago. But Martinez believes Cleopatra had other plans for her body. She studied ancient Roman texts and investigated 21 sites where Cleopatra could be buried, but only one matched her theory.

Working with a team of Egyptians and local tribesmen, can the self-taught archaeologist prove the experts wrong? If she is right, Martinez will have solved one of Egyptology’s greatest mysteries and established herself as one of the most important archaeologists in history.

 

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