Archaeologists from northern Greece have discovered the remains of a skeleton inside a tomb that dates back to Alexander the Great. The 4th century BC skeleton was unearthed from inside a burial site in the Greek region of Amphipolis. The burial site is the largest to ever be discovered in Greece.
The Greek ministry of culture said that the 4th century BC skeleton belonged to someone distinguished given to the dimension and the lavishness of the tomb.
Katerina Peristeri, the chief archaeologists who discovered the skeleton said that:
“The tomb in all probability belongs to a male and a general”.
The recent archaeological discovery has kept Greek people enthralled ever since the excavation site was visited by the Prime Minister Antonis Samaras in August 2014 and said that it’s “an exceptionally important discovery”.
The discovery of the 4th century BC skeleton entombed in Amphipolis added to the excitement of the Greek people.
The Prime Minister told the reporters that:
“It is an extremely expensive construction, one that no single private citizen could have funded. It is in all probability a monument to a mortal who was worshipped by his society at the time.”
Archaeologists speculate that the 4th century BC skeleton entombed in Amphipolis could have belonged to a member of Alexander the Great’s family or to one of his important officials.
Apparently the tomb where the skeleton was found dates back to when Amphipolis was an important city of the Macedonian kingdom. The site where the skeleton was discovered is located approximately 100 km east of Thessaloniki, which is the second most important city in Greece.
Before they discovered the skeleton, archaeologists believed that the site was a cenotaph, one built to honor a very important Macedonian figure. Archaeologists believed that the figure was buried somewhere else in the site.
The 4th century BC skeleton was found in a limestone tomb approximately 1.6 meters below the floor of the third chamber in the burial site. The tomb measures 3,23 meters in length, 1,56 meters in width and 1,8 meters in height.
The bone remains will be examined by specialists to find out more details about its identity.