Occupant of Amphipolis tomb remains a mystery

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The archaeologist leading the dig at the ancient tomb in Amphipolis, northern Greece, said on Saturday that the site had once been open to the public but was later sealed, although this did not protect it from raiders who stole many items.

Occupant of Amphipolis tomb remains a mystery

“It is certain there was damage and plundering in ancient times as it was a large monument that people could visit,” said Katerina Peristeri at a news conference.

Peristeri refused to be drawn on the possible identity of the skeleton found inside the tomb, which dates to the era of Alexander the Great, despite earlier comments that a top Macedonian general was the most likely occupant.

“I had said some time ago that with a lion on top of such a massive monument, it could be the tomb of a general,” said Peristeri. “When the skeleton was found, an archaeologist could never say if it is a man or a woman.”

Occupant of Amphipolis tomb remains a mystery
The human remains found in the third chamber of the Kasta Mound at 
Amphipolis [Credit: Greek Ministry of Culture]

The results of tests on the remains are expected in several months. Peristeri said that the skeleton was in “poor condition.” She dismissed rumors that Amphipolis could have been the burial place of Alexander the Great.

“I do not respond to conspiracy theories about Alexander the Great being buried there,” she said.

Ms. Peristeri also revealed that among the finds of the excavation were coins dating to the era of Alexander the Great as well as from the second century BC to the third century AD.

Source: Kathimerini [November 28, 2014]

2 COMMENTS

  1. A very disappointing presentation, intended for archeologists. It turned into a simplistic repetition of what they found during the dig.

    Moreover, they didn't say anything about these coins found there, spanning almost 500 years, and they haven't offered photos of them. Unacceptable. A really bad day for Greek Archeology.

  2. As much as I would love to have this turn out to be the tomb of Alexander, it would be impossible, as history records Alexander having been entombed at Alexandria, Egypt, a tmb, which coincidentally, has now disappeared. Don't you just love archaeological mysteries?

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