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Amphipolis tomb may be linked to Alexander the Great

Archaeologists have unearthed a vast ancient tomb in Greece, distinguished by two sphinxes and frescoed walls and dating to 300-325 B.C., in the country's northeast Macedonian region, the government said on Tuesday.

Amphipolis tomb may be linked to Alexander the Great
The two sphinxes guarding the entrance of the ancient Macedonian tomb 
[Credit: INTIME NEWS]
It marks a significant discovery from the early Hellenistic era, although a Culture Ministry official said there was no evidence yet to suggest a link to Alexander the Great, who died in 323 B.C. after an unprecedented military campaign through the Middle East, Asia and northeast Africa, or his family.

The official said the Amphipolis site, situated about 100 km (65 miles) northeast of Greece's second-biggest city Thessaloniki, appeared to be the largest ancient tomb to have been discovered in Greece.

Amphipolis tomb may be linked to Alexander the Great
A partial view of the site where archaeologists are excavating an ancient mound in Amphipolis,
northern Greece, Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014 [Credit: AP/Alexandros Michailidis]
Archaeologists, who began excavating the site in 2012, expect to enter the tomb by the end of the month to determine out who was buried there.

"It looks like the tomb of a prominent Macedonian of that era," said a second culture ministry official, declining to be named. Alexander the Great died in Babylonia, in what is modern Iraq, and his actual burial place is not known.

Amphipolis tomb may be linked to Alexander the Great
A tourist takes a picture of a 4th century BC marble Lion of Amphipolis, some 5 kilometres 
from a large funeral mound currently under excavation by Greek archaeologists that 
Prime Minister Antonis Samaras visited on Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014
 [Credit: AP/Alexandros Michailidis]
Archaeologists have found two sphinxes, thought to have guarded its entrance, a 4.5-metre-(yard)-wide road leading into it, with walls on both sides covered by frescoes. It is circled by a 497-metre-long marble outer wall.

Experts believe a five-meter-tall lion sculpture previously discovered nearby once stood atop the tomb.

"It is certain that we stand before an especially significant finding. The land of Macedonia continues to move and surprise us, revealing its unique treasures," Prime Minister Antonis Samaras said on Tuesday during a visit to the site.

Source: Reuters [August 12, 2014]
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3 comments :

  1. This is great news! Maybe we can finally find Alexander the Great's tomb! I would love for them to find it in my time!!

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  2. What happened to the supposed discovery of Alexander's now underground tomb in Alexandria (Egypt) several months ago?

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  3. What hapoened to the supposed discovery of Alexander's now underground tomb several months ago in Alexandria (Egypt)?

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