Tomb From Alexander the Great's Time Could Belong to a General, Greek Officials Say

Largest tomb ever uncovered in Greece adorned with twin sphinxes, a pair of Cartylids, and an elaborate mosaic floor.


An ancient tomb discovered in northern Greece dating from the time of Alexander the Great could belong to a general, said Greek Culture Ministry officials Saturday.

The tomb, the largest ever uncovered in Greece, measures 500 meters in length and 33 meters in height. Workers unearthing it have revealed twin sphinxes, a pair of Cartylids - or scuplted female figures - an elaborate mosaic floor and the remains of a skeleton.

Katerina Peristeri, the chief archaeologist at the Ancient Amphipolis site, said that the identity of the skeleton is still unknown, but certainly belongs to an important figure, possibly a general.

"You are aware that the most difficult task begins now - and that is carrying out the DNA analysis which will give us the answers we are waiting for," she told journalists during a press conference.

She said several coins dating to the period of Alexander the Great were also discovered in the tomb.

Officials have said the tomb most likely belongs to a distinguished male public figure or a general, prompting excited speculation that it might house the remains of Alexander the Great, who died in 323 BC and whose final resting place remains a mystery.

Alexander died in Babylon, aged 32. Some experts speculate that he was buried in Alexandria, Egypt.

The king's wife, Roxanne, and their son, Alexander, were exiled to Amphipolis after his death and slain there along with his mother, brother and sister-in-law, leading some experts to believe their remains might be discovered there.