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Egypt is land of eternal mystery and wonder. It is paradise for archaeologists hoping to unearth latest ancient marvel. Archaeologists at extensive excavation near northern Egyptian city of Alexandria have just made such discovery. Kathleen Martinez, archaeologist at University of Santo Domingo, has dedicated most of her life to searching for long-lost tomb of Queen Cleopatra. The queen ruled over Egypt more than 1,000 years ago. Earlier this week, Martinez and her team stumbled upon amazing find. They uncovered 1,305-metre tunnel, located 13 metres underground. Architectural design experts have called it "engineering miracle".

Ms Martinez was elated at find. She told the CNN news agency about what she found, besides tunnel. She said: "The excavation revealed huge religious centre with three sanctuaries, sacred lake, more than 1,500 objects, statues, golden pieces, and huge collection of coins portraying Alexander the Great and Queen Cleopatra." Martinez's quest to find Queen Cleopatra's tomb began in 2005. She said: "My perseverance should not be confused with obsession. I simply admire Cleopatra as historical character." Martinez spoke of potential importance of her team's work. She said that if tunnel leads to Cleopatra's tomb, "it will be most important discovery of century".

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