Have Archaeologists Discovered The Grave Of Alexander The Great?
The Greek Culture Ministry said last week that archaeoligists were getting ahead of themselves by announcing that may have discovered the grave of Alexander the Great at a site near ancient Amphipolis, 370 miles north of Athens.
The announcement came after Greek archaelogists revealed that they uncovered an impressive wall measuring 500 meters long and three meters high, which could contain a royal grave.
Greek blogs and news websites soon picked up on the story, which then went viral. Media reports stated that the tomb may be the royal tomb of Roxane, the wife and son of 4th century BC king Alexander the Great, while others said the tomb was possibly of Alexander the Great himself.
The culture ministry said in a statement that the partly-excavated mound has yielded a “very remarkable” marble-faced wall from the late 4th century B.C.
However, the ministry warned it would be “overbold” to link the site near ancient Amphipolis with “historic personages” before the excavation is completed.
According to reports, excavations at the site began in the 1960′s. In 1972 and 1985, the Greek Archaeological Society uncovered a necropolis, the rampart of the old town, the basilicas, and the acropolis.
Thorough excavations were resumed during the last two years.