Saturday, Nov 29, 2014

Is this Alexander’s grave? Greek archaeology site sparks intense interest

greece-phoneix Two large stone sphinxes are seen under a barrel-vault topping the entrance to an ancient tomb under excavation at Amphipolis in northern Greece. (Source: AP)
Associated Press | Athens | Posted: August 22, 2014 12:25 pm | Updated: August 22, 2014 2:47 pm

Amphipolis area during the brutal power struggles that followed his death. However, Macedonian royals were traditionally buried at Aegae, further to the west, where rich, unplundered graves excavated in the late 1970s have been identified as those of Alexander’s father, Philip II, and a slain son.

Older research has tentatively linked the lion statue, which was removed during Roman times and discovered a century ago some 5 kilometers (3 miles) away, with Laomedon, one of Alexander’s military commanders; his admiral, Nearchos, was a citizen of Amphipolis.

“It’s all speculation until we see the inside (of the tomb)” said Michalis Tiverios, a professor of archaeology at the University of Thessaloniki.

A police man locks the entrance to the site that archaeologists are excavating. (Source: AP) A police man locks the entrance to the site that archaeologists are excavating. (Source: AP)

The excavation is expected to last at least another few weeks.

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