ATHENS (dpa) – The discovery of a skeleton in an ancient tomb in northern Greece has started some wondering if the final resting place of Alexander the Great has been discovered.
The Culture Ministry on Wednesday confirmed the find.
The discovery is part of a massive archaeological dig in the northern Greek town of Amphipolis that has enraptured the nation and sparked a flurry of rumours about what could be inside it.
The Culture Ministry said the skeleton was discovered in and around a rectangular wooden casket, in the third chamber of a huge tomb approximately 1.6 meters under the vaulted tomb’s surface.
The excavation, now in its third month, has also uncovered sculptures in the shape of female figures, or Caryatids, as well as sphinx statues and a large mosaic floor which dates from between 356 and 323 BC.
Even though archaeologists are not yet sure to whom the burial tomb belongs, many are waiting with bated breath until the site is fully excavated in case it houses one of the most prominent figures in ancient history: Alexander the Great.
While the Greek Culture Ministry says the 590 metre-long tomb is unlikely to belong to the warrior king himself – who died in 323 BC after launching a military campaign through the Middle East, Asia and north-eastern Africa – it marks the largest of its kind ever discovered in Greece.
The precise location of Alexander the Great’s grave has remained one of the key mysteries of archaeology. He died in Babylon at the age of 32. Some experts think he was likely buried in Alexandria, Egypt.