The mysterious tomb of Amphipolis had several occupants

This is not a, but at least five dead who lay in the huge mound located in the North of the Greece : two men, a woman and a baby.
Voici certains des ossements découverts dans le tombeau d'Amphipolis, présentés sur une esquisse de la chambre funéraire.
Here are some bones discovered in the tomb of Amphipolis, presented on a sketch of the burial chamber. © Greek Ministry of Culture
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The mysterious tomb of Amphipolis is not that of a single individual ! This is what recently revealed an initial examination of the bones that were discovered. The remains found in the largest tomb ever excavated in Greece belong to “at least” five persons including a woman of 60 years, two young men and a newborn. “The minimum number of identified skeletons is five, four were buried and one cremated”, has indicated the Greek Ministry of Culture.

However, This preliminary analysis of some 550 bones found in this tomb, located in the North of the Greece near Thessaloniki, still does not solve the mystery of the identity of the remains which are the subject of much speculation. Since the funerary monument, obviously built to accommodate one or more important characters, the time d’Alexander the great (356-323 av. BC) including the Tomb, deemed to be in Egypt in Alexandria, However never found. Since the beginning of these excavations, different assumptions about inhumees people circulate : Roxane, the Persian wife of Alexandre le Grand, Olympias, the mother of the King, or one of his companions and generals. The chances that the tomb is that of Alexander himself seem almost zero.

DNA test

At the end of a progression of archaeologists to the heart of the mound, the Ministry of Culture had reported in November of discovery “a” skeleton. After review, eventually five people at least who are based in the monument. A single skull was discovered, “in fairly good condition”. It belongs “with certainty” the remains of a woman “aged over 60 years”, with the estimated size of “1,57 meter”. The remains of two older men “from 35 à 45 years”, measuring 1,68 m and 1,62 m or 1,63 m, have also been restored. One of them bore traces of a wound inflicted by a sharp object. The other two bodies are those of a “newborn” and “probably of an adult”, the bones of the latter being the only present traces of incineration.

“These ads pose more questions provide response”, considers Michalis Tiverios, Professor of Archaeology at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. Now, comparisons of DNA should be conducted between the three drafts sufficiently complete to allow this type of tests. The objective will be to determine whether there is a possible relationship between them. Other analyses will also try to determine the type of power of the deceased or the existence of any pathologies. But one thing is for sure, the disposition of the bones indicates that they have been moved. Not very surprising since the previous discoveries made in the Tomb clearly indicated that the building had been looted, probably in the distant past. Very few precious relics were also found in the burial chambers.

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