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Alexander the Great Tomb Found?

Hopefully I’m not alone in admitting: I  did not realize it was “lost”!

Classical accounts of the aftermath of Alexander’s death (or assassination) are conflicting and vague.  Originally his funeral procession, heading back to Macedon, was “borrowed” by Ptolemy I Soter  and taken to Alexandria, Egypt, where his tomb allegedly remained until after the time of Caligula.  However, archaeologist and historians dispute the final resting place due to, well, lack of an actual, verifiable tomb.

Back in modern day Greece, ask anybody and they will tell you where they believe he is buried: Amphipolis.  Located near Thessaloniki – the confirmed burial site of Alexander’s father Philip II – archaeologists have recently uncovered a massive marble tomb fit for royalty.  And locals know which royal must be buried there: Alexander.  Diggers are mum about any clue to the tomb’s actual owner.  Still, the grand entrance, flanked by a guardian sets of caryatids and sphinx, have inspired imaginations.

Two sphinxes guard the entrance to the tomb

(Two sphinx are seen guarding the uncovered entrance. Image Credit: Greek Culture Ministry/BBC)

Marble caryatid built from Thasos island

(Archeologists work to preserve the remaining face of a guarding caryatid. Each caryatid had an arm of warning crossed across the entrance which have since broken. Image Credit (Greek Culture Ministry/BBC)

Archaeologists report that a third room has been located though whether is may contain the tomb’s resident is unclear.  Stay tuned!

Via the BBC

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