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Dr. Susan Walker FSA



In our story Baron Heinrich Richtohofen, John Storm and Hal, the AI onboard the Elizabeth Swann, all agree that Cleopatra is entombed underwater close to her former Palace at Alexandria, or nearby at a special mausoleum at Thonis-Heracleion. It seems we are not alone in this belief. For sure, the work at Taposiris Magna is helping to build a picture of life under Cleopatra, when hundreds of coins with her image and other artifacts, confirm her as a revered ruler of her time. We hope the scientific community will not mind us bending history a little, in the interests of promoting archaeology and marine biology as essential sciences - generating a reliable data base - of the natural world and man's ascendancy. 



Dr Susan Walker FSA is an Honorary Curator of the Ashmolean Museum, where she was Sackler Keeper of Antiquities from 2004-2014. She specialises in the art and archaeology of the Roman Empire. Her interests range from Britain, where she is currently working on the publication of excavations at Steane Park, Brackley, to North Africa, where she has contributed to a website of mummy portraits from Roman Egypt that are undergoing scientific research. 




In 1977, Susan joined the British Museum. In the 1990s she was Senior Curator of Mediterranean Roman Antiquities. At the British Museum Walker curated a number of major exhibitions, including Ancient Faces: Mummy Portraits from Roman Egypt at the British Museum in 1997.

In 2004 she became the Sackler Keeper of Antiquities in the Ashmolean Museum, and she had a key role in the redevelopment of the museum's displays.

Dr. Walker has served as President of the Society for the Promotion of Libyan Studies. Walker was the Hugh Last Fellow and the Chair of Publications at the British School at Rome in 2013, undertaking a project on 'Gold-glass, inscriptions and sarcophagi from the catacombs of Rome'. She was the Balsdon Fellow 2006-7.


S. Walker and A. Burnett 1981. The Image of Augustus. London: British Museum Publications.
S. Walker 1985. Memorials to the Roman Dead. London: British Museum.
S. Walker 1990. Catalogue of Roman Sarcophagi in the British Museum.
S. Walker 1991. Roman Art. London: British Museum.
S. Walker 1995. Greek and Roman Portraits. London: British Museum.
S. Walker and M. Bierbrier 1997. Ancient Faces: Mummy Portraits from Roman Egypt (A catalogue of Roman portraits in the British Museum). London: British Museum.
S. Walker and P. Higgs 2002. Cleopatra of Egypt: From History to Myth. London: British Museum Press.
S. Walker 2005. The Portland Vase. London: British Museum.
S. Walker 2017. Saints and Salvation. Oxford: Ashmolean Museum.


S. Walker 1979. A Sanctuary of Isis on the South Slope of the Athenian Acropolis. The Annual of the British School at Athens 74: 243-258.


S. Walker; Bearded Men. Journal of the History of Collections 3(2): 265277,


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TOMB RAIDERS: Kathleen Martinez is seen here with Glen Godenho at the Taposiris Magna temple. The whereabouts of Queen Cleopatra's tomb is still a mystery for now.






Queen Cleopatra's royal barge, last of the Pharoahs      Egyptian royal barge, sails and oars for propulsion      Pharoah Khufu's royal barge, solar boat for the afterlife      Ancient Egyptian royal funeral barge, or solar boat     



Cleopatra's royal barge, last of the Pharoah Queens - Egyptian boat building - Khufu's royal barge - solar boat for the afterlife









The ocean has swallowed umpteen civilizations, just the past 10,000 years. We may never discover other lost towns and cities, such as to understand our past, or even explore those we know of, unless the secrets of the ocean are shared.


Ocean awareness, or literacy is not presently high on academic agendas. It is a shocking statistic that we know more about Outer Space, than we do our underwater kingdom. Televised documentary programmes have done a great deal to make life under the waves more popular, highlighting the marine litter problem that is of major concern to marine biologists. With plastic now seen in the remotest corners of the globe and deepest trenches of the ocean.





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