The remains of at least five people have been discovered in an ancient tomb in northern Greece dating from the time of Alexander the Great, Greece’s Culture Ministry said Monday.american-cemetary

DNA tests revealed that skeletons discovered last year in the northern Greek town of Amphipolis are that of a woman aged 60, two men aged between 35 and 45, and a child. The background of the fifth person is unknown because the body were cremated.

Some 550 bone fragments have been recovered from the tomb, the ministry said in a statement. Of these, 57 have so far been tested and cataloged.

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

When the remains of the first skeleton were discovered experts believed the tomb most likely belonged 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.


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