Search continues at ancient Greek burial mound

2014-11-24 16:42
Workers operate atop of Casta Hill where archaeologists are excavating a large 4th century BC tomb, near Amphipolis in northern Greece. (Grigoris Siamidis, AP)

Workers operate atop of Casta Hill where archaeologists are excavating a large 4th century BC tomb, near Amphipolis in northern Greece. (Grigoris Siamidis, AP)

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Amphipolis - Scientists have opened the second phase of their excavation of the vast 4th-century BC burial mound in Amphipolis town in search of more tombs and bodies.

The first search of the site, which was built shortly after Alexander the Great's death, discovered and dug up a tomb containing a skeleton.

Greek culture minister Costas Tasoulas visited the burial mound in northern Greece on Saturday to announce the new phase of the exploration.

Geophysicists are scanning the site to see if there are other structures besides the splendid, three-chamber tomb discovered in August. The area being scanned is about one-seventh of the total of 2Ha that the mound covers.

One goal is to try to calculate the discovered skeleton's gender and age. Identifying it may never be possible, even if its DNA is checked, said Lina Mendoni, the culture ministry's general secretary.

Speculation on the identity has been rife among experts, including speculation that it was Alexander's mother, widow, son, half-brother, or Nearchos, one of Alexander's closest aides and an Amphipolis native.

Meanwhile, archaeologists are still uncovering multicoloured decorations found inside the dug up tomb. Lasers will be used to study them, Mendoni said.

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