a view of a beach: The historians are sure they have located the burial site, around 18 miles from Alexandria

Antony and Cleopatra's long lost tomb FOUND and is set to be uncovered

The long-lost tomb of Mark Antony and Cleopatra will be "uncovered soon," historians in Egypt say.

Archaeologists believe they have identified the hidden location of the crypt in which they say the leaders are buried together.

"The long-lost tomb of Antony and Cleopatra will be eventually uncovered.

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"The burial site has been finally estimated to be in the region of Taposiris Magna, 30km (18 miles) away from Alexandria," Egyptian archaeologist Zahi Hawass said.

The 71-year-old, who has vast experience in archaeology, added: "I hope to find the tomb of Antony and Cleopatra soon. I do believe that they are buried in the same tomb.

"We are so close to discover the accurate location of the tomb; we are on the right way.

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"We know where exactly we have to dig."

Cleopatra VII Philopator was the last active ruler of the Ptolemaic Kingdom in Egypt.

According to popular belief, she and Mark Antony committed suicide in August 30 BC when she was 39 by allowing an asp to bite them.

But some claim she was in murdered and say discovering her body will help provide evidence to prove it.

Mark Antony, or Marcus Antonius, was a Roman politician and general.  

He was assigned Rome's eastern provinces, including the client kingdom of Egypt, then ruled by Cleopatra.

It comes days after an ancient royal hall dating back to the era of Ramses II was previously discovered near to the identified Cleopatra site.

It was unearthed below soft-brick buildings and commercial residential areas.

The hall was used to hold royal celebrations such as the Jubilee feast.

Zahi Hawass, an Egyptian archaeologist and former Minister of State for Antiquities Affairs, said that it is only a matter of time before they uncover it. 

'I hope to find the tomb of Antony and Cleopatra soon. I do believe that they are buried in the same tomb,' he said.

'We are so close to discover the accurate location of the tomb; we are on the right way. We know where exactly we have to dig.

'The burial site has been finally estimated to be in the region of Taposiris Magna, 30km away from Alexandria.' 

Antony and Cleopatra are one of histories most well known couples, however little evidence of the ancient Queen and her husband exists.

Coins, busts and other depictions thought to represent them have been found are which leaves many to speculate about their lives and deaths.

Cleopatra VII Philopator was the last active ruler of the Ptolemaic Kingdom in Egypt. Mark Antony, or Marcus Antonius, was a Roman politician and general. 

Cleopatra and Antony famously took their own lives in 30 BC, after Octavian's forces pursued them to Alexandria. 

While Antony is said to have fatally stabbed himself in the stomach, Cleopatra's method of suicide is less certain. 

Legend has it that she died by enticing an 'asp'—most likely a viper or Egyptian cobra—to bite her arm  but some say she was murdered. 

Archaeologists believe they found where the crypt of Antony and Cleopatra is buried. Historians say they believe they know where to dig and hope to uncover the tomb soon. Here, Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor star as the famed ancient couple in the 1963 film (file photo)

HOW DID CLEOPATRA AND MARK ANTHONY DIE?

In 41 BC, Mark Antony was in dispute with Julius Caesar's adopted son Octavian, which was known as The War between Antony and Octavian over the succession of the Roman leadership.

In 31 BC, Mark Antony and Cleopatra combined armies to take on Octavian in a sea battle at Actium, on the west coast of Greece. 

Octavian won the battle after one of Antony's former generals delivered to Octavian Antony's battle plan. 

Cleopatra and Mark Antony fled to Egypt but Octavian pursued them and captured Alexandria in 30 BC. 

With his soldiers deserting him, Mark Antony took his own life and Cleopatra chose the same course, committing suicide on the 12th August 30 BC.  

Antony and Cleopatra's dramatic lives are the subject of a Shakespeare play (Antony and Cleopatra) and featured in a long four-hour epic starring Elizabeth Taylor as Cleopatra and Richard Burton as Mark Antony.

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