Tests on Am­phipo­lis bones could take over 8 months

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As spec­u­la­tion mounts fol­low­ing the dis­cov­ery of hu­man re­mains at a huge an­cient tomb at Am­phipo­lis, north­ern Greece, Cul­ture Min­istry’s gen­eral sec­re­tary Lina Men­doni re­vealed yes­ter­day that it could take more than eight months for ex­perts to com­plete DNA tests that will yield clues about the in­di­vid­ual’s iden­tity.

The min­istry’s gen­eral sec­re­tary told Skai TV that au­thor­i­ties have not yet as­signed the task of con­duct­ing the tests to a spe­cific univer­sity or other in­stitu- tion. Ar­chae­ol­o­gists are dis­cussing the pos­si­bil­ity of com­par­ing the DNA of the re­mains from the tomb in Vergina of Philip II of Mace­don, the fa­ther of Alexan­der the Great, with the re­mains found in Am­phipo­lis.

Men­doni said the chal­lenge was no easy one as the bones found at Am­phipo­lis had been burned and the re­mains at Vergina were dis­cov­ered more than 50 years ago, when con­ser­va­tion pro­ce­dures were less thor­ough.

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