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Bones found within ancient Greek tomb


Posted on Friday, 14 November, 2014 | Comment icon 123 comments

An artist's impression of the chambers unearthed so far. Image Credit: CC BY-SA 4.0 greektoys.org
Archaeologists excavating the ancient tomb near Amphipolis have discovered the remains of a skeleton.
The tomb, which is believed to date back to the reign of Alexander the Great in the 4th century, has been making headlines in recent weeks as archaeologists have slowly revealed their findings.

So far the team has uncovered three chambers within the tomb along with several statues, mosaics and artifacts. Now they have also discovered a series of bones strewn around the innermost chamber which were thought to have once been contained within a wooden coffin that has long since rotted away.

"It's a very important find because it will help us learn the sex of the person buried there, and possibly their approximate age," the Greek culture ministry said in a statement.

There has been much speculation over the identity of the person buried in the tomb however it is likely that they were a member of the aristocracy or even a close aide to Alexander himself.

"It is an extremely expensive construction, whose cost, clearly, is unlikely to have been borne by a private citizen," the ministry added.

Source: CTV News | Comments (123)

Tags: Greece, Tomb, Alexander

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #114 Posted by Bouzanis K. on 14 December, 2014, 20:35
A picture and a… thousand historical revelations! REFERENCES RELATED: Pope to Metropolis (Istanpoul) of the Ottoman Empire! About burial and graves of M. Alexandrou The Tomb of Amphipolis and ... Nostradamus! (greek) Revelation! The Mystery of the Burial of Great Alexander
Comment icon #115 Posted by seeder on 19 January, 2015, 19:51
In the news today! Have the remains of Alexander the Great AND his mother Olympias been found? Experts uncover bones of a woman and two men in underground Amphipolis tomb The tomb is situated in the Amphipolis region of Serres in Greece Huge burial site is said to date back to between 325 and 300 BC This means it could have been built during the reign of Alexander the Great An underground vault, or fourth chamber was discovered in November Bones of an unidentified woman, a newborn baby and two men, as well as fragments of a cremated person, were unearthed in the vault Research shows the woman ... [More]
Comment icon #116 Posted by Harte on 19 January, 2015, 20:06
That was a tomb found in Vergina over 30 years ago. The cremains of an adult male from that tomb were reassembled a long time ago and pronounced to be the remains of Philip II, but then many other experts pronounced the findings to be suspect for a number of reasons and the identification fell somewhat out of favor. Now folks are back to saying the cremains are in fact Philip II—which means we probably just need to wait a spell for other experts to come out and say, once again, that it isn't Philip II. As far as I'm aware the huge tomb in Amphipolis has not yet yielded human remains. Hear that... [More]
Comment icon #117 Posted by Sir Wearer of Hats on 20 January, 2015, 2:46
Revelation! The Mystery of the Burial of Great Alexander http://bouzanis.blog...of-great.html Revelation! The Mystery of the Burial of Great Alexander His body went through there! This was robbed! The Greeks looking for, yet! We know that Alexander is God of the Christians! http://bouzanis.blog...l-of-great.html Revelation! The Mystery of the Burial of Great Alexander http://www.unexplain...comment_60394 A white hole?
Comment icon #118 Posted by Kenemet on 20 January, 2015, 2:57
In the news today! *headdesk* Except for the fact that Alexander was buried in Alexandria, as attested by many.
Comment icon #119 Posted by Sir Wearer of Hats on 20 January, 2015, 3:25
*headdesk* Except for the fact that Alexander was buried in Alexandria, as attested by many. which Alexandria? Alex the Greek established quite a few over the years.
Comment icon #120 Posted by kmt_sesh on 20 January, 2015, 6:14
Ancient Alien Theorist believe that 30 year old Vergina, tomb or no tomb, is getting a little too much age on it. Harte Rubbish, of course. Well, depending. In other news, it is known that Alexander the Great didn't lose his life in Vergina but probably his innocence. which Alexandria? Alex the Greek established quite a few over the years. Don't be silly. The one in Virginia, right?
Comment icon #121 Posted by Sir Wearer of Hats on 20 January, 2015, 7:42
It always comes back to Virgina with you lot doesn't it?
Comment icon #122 Posted by Jarocal on 20 January, 2015, 11:35
It always comes back to Virgina with you lot doesn't it? Carry me back to ole Virginny... :-)
Comment icon #123 Posted by Harte on 20 January, 2015, 16:10
Rubbish, of course. Well, depending. In other news, it is known that Alexander the Great didn't lose his life in Vergina but probably his innocence. Don't be silly. The one in Virginia, right? I thought he was gay. Buried in Rectumbria. Harte


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