Greek archaeologists have made an interesting find – an ancient tomb, similar to ones found in Egypt, guarded by two enormous sphinxes, adorned with frescoed walls, and surrounded by a 500-meter-long wall carved from marble. The monument, believed to date back to about 300 BC, is the largest such tomb ever found in Greece and could belong to an important historical figure.
Plans are underway to enter the tomb in January!
“It is certain that we stand before an especially significant finding. The land of Macedonia continues to move and surprise us, revealing its unique treasures,” Prime Minister Antonis Samaras said on Tuesday during a visit to the site.
Excavations at the site, located on Kasta Hill, Amphipolis, first began in 2012. It wasn’t clear until now what exactly it was that they were excavating.
Experts believe that the now removed Lion of Amphipolis may have stood above a tomb located in the burial site. The monument was found in 1912 by the Greek Army and is one of the best preserved monuments from the 4th century BC. It now stands next to an old bridge over the Strymonas River.
Local media has been speculating wildly about who may rest in the tomb. Alexander the Great died in 323 BC under mysterious circumstances and no one knows where he’s buried. He’s a prime potential candidate.
The tomb may also belong to another Macedonian royal. It was the birthplace of three very famous admirals from the Macedonian period, Nearchus, Androsthenes of Thasos, and Laomedon, who was a close friend of Alexander.