Dis­cov­ery of bones at Am­phipo­lis fu­els hopes

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Ar­chae­ol­o­gists work­ing at An­cient Am­phipo­lis, in north­ern Greece, yes­ter­day an­nounced the dis­cov­ery of skele­tal re­mains at the site’s in­ner­most cham­ber, re­viv­ing spec­u­la­tion about who is buried there.

Of­fi­cials said the re­mains found at the site, which date to the era of Alexan­der the Great, be­longed to “a pow­er­ful per­son­al­ity... a mor­tal who was wor­shipped by the so­ci­ety of the time.” The bones are to be ex­am­ined for iden­ti­fi­ca­tion, the min­istry said, with lead ar­chae­ol­o­gist Ka­te­rina Peris­teri to re­veal her find­ings on Novem­ber 29. Peris­teri said the re­mains prob­a­bly be­long to a “prom­i­nent Mace­do­nian gen­eral” but would not be drawn on spec­u­la­tion that the de­ceased is Alexan­der him­self, a prospect most ar­chae­ol­o­gists have ruled out. Other pos­si­ble oc­cu­pants of the tomb are Alexan­der’s wife Rox­ana, his mother Olympia, his friend Hephaes­tion or the gen­eral Cas­sander. The skele­ton was found in pieces spread in and around a rec­tan­gu­lar stone grave lo­cated 8 me­ters be­neath the site’s in­ner­most cham­ber, ac­cord­ing to the min­istry. The re­mains had been placed in a wooden cof­fin which had dis­in­te­grated, ac­cord­ing to ar­chae­ol­o­gists who also found iron and bronze nails and dec­o­ra­tions.

Mean­while a dig at another Alexan­der­era burial site in Ai­gai, north­ern Greece, re­vealed an un­looted tomb with fu­neral of­fer­ings.

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