Monday, March 16, 2009

Enigmatic Bones

A few days ago I wrote that a skeleton found in Turkey during the 1920's had finally been demonstrated to be Arsinöe, Cleopatra's sister, and how this could tell us interesting things about the famous Egyptian queen. This was based on a story in the Times of London.

Well, as it turns out, the evidence for that isn't quite as strong as this story made it out to be. And the press, as it loves to do, is making giant leaps of logic with the meager information available. For a more scientific viewpoint try looking here and here.

Meanwhile, last May a potentially more significant announcement was made when Zahi Hawass, Egypt's chief archaeologist, declared that he may have found the tomb of Cleopatra herself. And, possibly, of her lover Mark Anthony as well.

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