Archaeologists who have been exhuming an ancient mound in northern Greece discovered what looks likes the entrance to a very important tomb believed to be from around the end of the ruling period of the warrior and king Alexander the Great, stated officials on Tuesday. Antonis Samaras, the Prime Minister of Greece, went to the tightly protected site, and later reported to the media that the find was extremely important. The archaeologists who are working there believe the tomb to be dated between 325-300 B.C.
Alexander, who began building his empire in the northern Greek region of Macedonia, died in 323 B.C. and was believed buried in Egypt. His companion royals were traditionally entombed in a cemetery that was located close to Vergina, which was located to the west of that area. This was the location of where the extravagantly furnished burial chamber of Alexander’s father, Philip II, happened to be found back in 1977.
However archaeologists apparently think the Amphipolis tomb, which has been enclosed by a startlingly long and very well built wall, could have belonged to one of Alexander’s senior ancient officials. One of the excavators, Katerina Peristeri, believes the mound might have originally been topped by a large stone lion which was uncovered around 100 years ago about three miles away from the site.
The prime minister exclaimed that with the continued excavation, it would answer the fundamental question about who was actually buried inside. Scientists expect to open the tomb within the next two weeks and so far workers have exposed a flight of steps that guide to a wide path. It is bordered by masonry walls that end in an arch which covers two wingless, headless sphinxes. These are legendary creatures that combine human, lion and bird characteristics.
There is a heavy police guard which has been placed near the fenced off embankment. Numerous pieces of large ground moving machinery were shifting masses of dirt away from the excavation site on Tuesday afternoon.
There has been a large mound complex which has been unearthed at this site for nearly two years yet the entrance and the new tomb were only recently discovered. Prime Minister Samaras stated that the land of Macedonia keeps surprising everyone who happenes to be working there. He declared that it reveals its unique treasures from the deep only when it chooses.
The newly discovered burial tomb is about 1,600 feet in length and was erected from marble that was imported from the neighboring island of Thassos. It is also believed that the mound could have been designed by a legendary architect of the time known as Dinocrates. He was believed to have been a close friend of Alexander’s.
Alexander the Great’s widow Roxana and their son Alexander were both killed in 311 B.C. by Cassander. He came to rule after Alexander’s death in Babylon. The archaeologists who have been exhuming the ancient mound in northern Greece discovered the entrance to the tomb and they believe it could be from around the end of the ruling period of the warrior and king Alexander the Great.
By Kimberly Ruble
The Huffington Post