TribLIVE

| USWorld


 
Larger text Larger text Smaller text Smaller text | Order Photo Reprints

Ancient mound fuels speculation

Daily Photo Galleries

By The Associated Press
Thursday, Aug. 22, 2013, 9:27 p.m.
 

ATHENS — Greece's Culture Ministry has warned against “overbold” speculation that an ancient artificial mound being excavated could contain a royal Macedonian grave or even Alexander the Great.

Site archaeologist Aikaterini Peristeri has voiced hopes of finding “a significant individual or individuals” within.

Greek websites enthused that it could hold the grave of 4th-century B.C. warrior-king Alexander the Great — thought to lie in Egypt.

A Culture Ministry statement on Thursday said the partly excavated mound has yielded a “very remarkable” marble-faced wall from the late 4th century B.C. It is 500 yards long and nine feet tall.

But the ministry warned it would be “overbold” to link the site near ancient Amphipolis, 370 miles north of Athens, with “historic personages” before the excavation is completed.

 

 
 


Show commenting policy

Most-Read World

  1. CDC chief urges heightened response to Ebola outbreak
  2. United Kingdom at risk, new poll finds
  3. Attack on Egypt security kills 11
  4. Foes of Pakistani PM labeled as ‘terrorists’ as protests continue
  5. Afghan power-sharing deal breaks down
  6. News Alert
  7. Ukraine rejects Russia’s call for cease-fire, warns of ‘great war’ against Russian aggressor
  8. Pakistani premier may be forced out as protests turn violent
  9. Pressure on European Central Bank grows as economic recovery founders
  10. Ex-Libyan PM tasked with forming new government
  11. Israel, Hamas accept Gaza war cease-fire
Subscribe today! Click here for our subscription offers.