Skeleton found in ancient Greek tomb. Is it Alexander?


Two sphinxes guard the entrance to the tomb at Amphipolis.
Greek Culture Ministry

A skeleton has been found inside the largest burial site ever to be discovered in Greece, dating from the time of Alexander the Great.

The chief archeologist at the site, Katerina Peristeri, said "the tomb in all probability belongs to a male and a general".

The tomb is located at Amphipolis, 100 kms east of Thessaloniki and dates from the late 4th Century BC.

Greek Culture Minister Konstantinos Tasoulas has described the site as "a burial monument of unique dimensions and impressive artistic mastery. The most beautiful secrets are hidden right underneath our feet."

Excavations at the tomb have so far uncovered a stone lion, two sphinxes, two caryatids and floor mosaic depicting Perspehone's abduction by Hades.

Speculation has been rife in Greece about who might be buried within the tomb. The structure dwarfs the burial site of Alexander's father Philip II in Vergina, west of Thessaloniki.

Alexander died in Babylonia in present day Iraq in 323BC. His burial site is not known.

A wooden coffin was found in a limestone tomb below the floor of the third chamber.
Greek Culture Ministry

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