Greek archeologists say they have found Alexander the Great’s tomb!
I say OH PLEASE!
The tomb is situated in ancient Amphipolis, a major city of the Macedonian kingdom, situated 100km (62 miles) east of Thessaloniki. Amphipolis was founded 437 BC by Athenians near gold and silver mines of Pangaion hills. Then, 357 BC, it was conquered by Philip II of Macedon – Alexander the Great’s father – and served under Alexander as a major naval base, from which fleet sailed for Asia.
So could it be the tomb of Alexander the Great?
Yes, of course! This burial site is believed to be the largest ever to be discovered in Greece and it dates back between 325 and 300 BC. Two sphinxes guard the entrance to the tomb at Amphipolis. Two sculpted female figures, known as Caryatids, have also been found.
Archaeologists agree that the magnificence of the tomb means it was built for a prominent person – perhaps a member of Alexander’s immediate family; maybe his mother, Olympias, or his wife, Roxana – or some noble Macedonian. Others say it could be a cenotaph.
But only the excavation team can give definitive answers. Archaeologists have now entered the third chamber of the tomb. It is however in danger of collapse and it is unknown if anything lies beyond it.
It would be incredible to have found the tomb of Alexander the Great or any of his close family members… But before screaming victory, let’s wait, relax and see who is right!