Greece Tomb Unearthed: Does It Belong To A Royal Family Member Of Alexander The Great?

Recently, a Greece tomb was unearthed in the northern part of the country that could potentially belong to one of Alexander the Great’s royal relatives.

According to Reuters, the unearthed ancient tomb, dating to 300-325 B.C., contained two sphinxes and frescoed walls. The government announced this significant find on Tuesday, and said that the tomb was unearthed in the Macedonian region of Greece in the ancient town of Amphipolis.

An official said that the site is located about 65 miles northeast of Thessaloniki, Greece’s second largest city, and appears to be the biggest ancient tomb unearthed in Greece thus far.

A Culture Ministry official said that even though the ancient warrior-king Alexander the Great died in 323 B.C., there is no evidence yet to conclude or even suggest that there is a link to the leader or his royal family.

Other experts seem to disagree with the statement from the Culture Ministry official. According to Newsmax, although it is believed that the tomb does not belong to Alexander the Great, experts believe that it could have belonged to one of his royal family members.

Amphipolis was the town that Alexander’s Persian wife Roxanne and his son Alexander were exiled to and murdered within around 310 B.C.

Supervising archaeologist Katerina Peristeri said, “The tomb is definitely dated to the period following the death of Alexander the Great, but we cannot say who it belonged to.”

It is unknown where Alexander the Great was buried after he died in Babylonia, or modern Iraq.

Prime Minister Antonis Samaras said in a statement, “It is certain that we stand before an exceptionally important find. This is a monument with unique characteristics.”

The Hellenistic-era mound that houses the tomb has a near-circular circumference of 1,630 feet, according to Samaras. He also said that a five-meter (over 16-foot) marble lion once was on top of the tomb, but it is now located on a nearby road.

Ancient lion
This lion is believed to have once perched on top of the ancient tomb unearthed in Greece.

Another ministry official, who did not want to be named, said, “It looks like the tomb of a prominent Macedonian of that era.”

It is expected that archaeologists will be able to enter the tomb by the end of the month to find out who is resting inside of it, according to Reuters. The tomb in Greece first began being unearthed by archaeologists in 2012.

[Images via AP/Alexandros Michailidis]