Thursday, August 09, 2012

Fending off snakes and scorpions, Dominican architect seeks Cleopatra’s tomb

The biggest tomb of mummies, one Cleopatra's masks and the temple of Isis are a few of the finds of Dominican Republic's most famous architect, while fending off venomous snakes and scorpions, for which she's "the only woman who dares enter the labyrinths"
Kathleen Martinez made the revelations Thursday, and noted that her excavation crews, all members of the Bedouin tribes, fear one labyrinth in particular, located at the site of the temple Taposiris Magna "They told me that anyone who goes in there vanishes forever, one snake there is particularly deadly."

But more than snakebites and scorpion stings, Martinez said the seemingly endless tunnels guard an even deadlier secret. "We even found unexploded bombs, that's why they fear it, people who went in there were killed by the blasts."

"The men have to be shown that there's no danger, so I go down any shaft first," the arquitect said, interviewed by Huchi Lora on Channel 11.

To neutralize the bombs and even remains of soldiers Martinez affirms are the aftermath of the 2nd World War Battle of El Alamein in that zone, she contacted military authorities. "We've contacted the Army, we found remains of Italian and new Zealand soldiers. We've turned over more than 60 bombs, some soldiers were burned alive within the tunnels. There's so much story in those tombs, from the pharaohs to the 2nd World War."

Among the most harrowing experiences, Martinez says, was a bomb that "we tried to lift out with a winch, but it fell off the bucket and nearly detonated with a few of us still in the tunnel."

Via http://www.dominicantoday.com/dr/tourism/2012/8/9/44685/Fending-off-snakes-and-scorpions-Dominican-architect-seeks-Cleopatras