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Quest for Cleopatra's tomb reveals statue

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Archaeologists searching for Cleopatra's tomb at the Taposiris Magna site west of Alexandria, Egypt, have found a headless granite statue belonging to a Ptolemaic-era king.

Zahi Hawass, head of the archaeological team, said it is one of the "most beautiful" statues dating from the Greek era.

The Ptolemaic Dynasty ruled Egypt for 300 years, until the suicide of Queen Cleopatra in the first century BC.

Dougal Shaw reports.

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