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Action News joins the search for Cleopatra

Friday, May 21, 2010

Saturday, members of the Action News team including Sarah Bloomquist will be traveling from Philadelphia to New York and then taking the 12 hour flight to Cairo. From there, they'll travel three hours by car to Alexandria in Northern Egypt on the Mediterranean Sea.

The team is going to find the true story of Cleopatra in anticipation of the exhibit opening at the Franklin Institute on June 5th. There, underwater, archaeologists are uncovering ancient artifacts dating from Cleopatra's time 2,000 years ago.

This is the underwater world of Cleopatra, the last pharaoh of Egypt. Here off the coast of Alexandria, archaeologists have discovered the great queen's sunken city.

In the murky waters, divers are finding ancient artifacts dating from Cleopatra's time and long before: Sphinxes, temple columns, great sculptures.

Cleopatra and her ancestors ruled Egypt from Alexandria more than 2,000 years ago, but a series of a natural disasters destroyed the ancient part of the city and buried it all beneath the sea.

Each new find gives new insight into Cleopatra's life and times.

Now, these underwater explorers are mapping Cleopatra's sunken city on the ocean floor and bringing ancient artifacts and monuments to the surface. Soon, they will be on display at Philadelphia's Franklin Institute.

Action News will take you to this off-shore archaeological dive site off the coast of Alexandria, Egypt. "Cleopatra, the Search for the Last Queen of Egypt" debuts at the Franklin Institute on June 5th.

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egypt, philadelphia, pennsylvania, franklin institute, history, local/state, sarah bloomquist
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