Remains of 5 Found in Alexander-era Tomb

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January 25, 2015

A Greek tomb dating to the reign of Alexander the Great contains the remains of five people, archaeologists say.

A written statement from the Greek Ministry of Culture includes details of the excavations, with discovery of 550 bones, a skull, and cremated remains. The five people are a woman in her 60s, two men between 35 and 45, a newborn, and a cremated person of unknown age or gender. Also found were animal bones, including that of a horse.

The three-chamber Amphipolis Tomb was discovered in 2012 and first entered in 2014. Authorities say that the tomb, also known as the Kasta Tomb, is the largest burial monument yet discovered in Greece.

Alexander the Great ruled Macedon, Greece, and most of the known world in the 4th Century B.C.

Among the finds announced after initial excavations are these:

  • coins bearing Alexander's face
  • two marble sphinxes that guarded the entrance to the tomb (the heads and wings were broken off at some point and were found inside the tomb)
  • wall mosaics that include painted human figures
  • two female statues more than 7 feet tall
  • a large marble doorway, typical of the tombs built by ancient Macedonians.

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