of a man and woman appearing,” God-
dio recalls. “For the first time, we raised
them after 2,000 years.”
Hawass sticks to digs on land. He and
his crew have been excavating Taposiris
Magna, a temple 45 miles west of Alex-
andria where they believe they may find
Cleopatra’s body. Their greatest discov-
ery to date is a large cemetery, which
Hawass says is one of the most promis-
ing clues that Cleopatra’s tomb is nearby
and, if her body is found, it will be one of
the greatest discoveries in the history of
Until that happens, we can sate
ourselves with a spate of new exhibitions on ancient Egypt, and a feature
film in the works that has Angelina
Jolie slated to play Queen Cleopatra,
one of the most enigmatic leaders of
Ancient Egypt in
It’s 1979 all over again, when King Tut
mania swept America, even prompting
Steve Martin to write a song about him.
Now, several exhibits are introducing a
new generation to the pharaohs.
“Cleopatra: The Search for the Last
Queen of Egypt”
222 N. 20th St.
Through Jan. 2
“Pharaohs of Ancient Egypt”
University of Pennsylvania Museum
of Archaeology and Anthropology
3260 South St.
Includes a downloadable companion
podcast to the Cleopatra exhibit
“Tutankhamun and the Golden Age
of the Pharaohs”
Discovery Times Square Exposition
226 W. 44th St.
New York City
Through Jan. 2
“The Mummy Chamber”
200 Eastern Parkway
Brooklyn, N. Y.
Top: Cleopatra by Alexandre Cabanel
Bottom: In a rare example of her
handwriting, Cleopatra signed this
papyrus document with the Greek
word “genethoi,” meaning, “make