Further news from Amphipolis excavation

Further news from Amphipolis excavation

Archaeologists reveal contents of the Alexander-the-Great-era tomb

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Bones of a woman presumed to be over 60 years of age © Greek Ministry of Culture

Last year, archaeologists discovered a monumental tomb in Amphipolis, relatively near Thessaloniki in northern Greece. The find attracted considerable attention largely because the tomb dated to between 325 and 300 BC, a timeframe that overlaps with the death of Alexander the Great. There were speculations that the tomb was built, if not for Alexander the Great himself (whose remains, according to most specialists, most likely lie in Egypt), for one of his generals or his mother. Archaeologists’ most recent announcement this past Monday revealed that the tomb holds the remains of five people: an elderly woman, a newborn baby, two middle-aged men, and lastly a cremated adult of undeterminable age and gender. The Greek Ministry of Culture informed that further tests will be conducted, though the scarcity of teeth and cranial parts may hinder a successful DNA analysis.

For more information: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/greece/11355324/Mystery-of-Greeces-Alexander-the-Great-era-tomb-deepens-with-body-discoveries.html