Excavation not Alexander the Great tomb, Greece says

September 22, 2014 04:31 pm | Updated April 21, 2016 03:19 am IST - Athens

Greek Culture Minister Kostas Tasoulas ruled out the possibility on Monday that a massive excavation currently underway in ancient Amphipolis in northern Greece is the tomb of Alexander the Great.

While Katerina Peristeri, the archaeologist leading the excavation said the tomb was built in late 4th century BC, which dates from the Macedonian warrior king’s era, Mr. Tasoulas said it is “impossible” for it to contain the remains of Alexander the Great.

“People should not expect the dig to uncover the remains of Alexander,” Mr. Tasoulas told MEGA television .

Mr. Tasoulas made the comments as archaeologists continue their search for the tomb’s fourth chamber after completely uncovering two impressive female sculptures or Caryatids standing guard at the inner entrance of the site at Kasta Hill in the past few weeks.

The precise location of Alexander the Great’s grave has remained one of the key mysteries of archaeology. He died in Babylon at the age of 32, and some experts think he was likely buried in Alexandria, Egypt.

Nevertheless, his wife, Roxanne and their son Alexander were exiled to Amphipolis following his death and murdered there along with his mother, brother and sister-in-law, leading some experts to believe their remains may be discovered there.

Another theory is that the grave may have belonged to a senior official.

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