16 Nov 2014

Huge news from the archaeological world!

Greek scientists have discovered human remains in the Amphipolis tomb and are now
analyzing them to determine key information about the tomb’s occupant.

From Reuters:

The Amphipolis site is believed to be the largest ancient tomb to have been discovered in Greece, and has spurred speculation as to whether the ancient conqueror or a member of his family was buried there. Alexander died in Babylonia – in present day Iraq – but his burial site is not known.

Greeks of every age are taken up in speculation as to which important person was laid to rest in that extravagant tomb. You hear people discussing it on the news, on the metro and in the cafes.

We’re not going to wade into that debate. Realistically, it doesn’t matter all that much. Why not? Because the process of unearthing this discovery is what makes it so special. It forces us to combine our knowledge of history, culture and science in ways we never have before; it forces us to imagine and then reimagine the past, as we try to bring it to life in the present.

This is the magic of archaeology. It is what draws us to the field and why we offer so many opportunities for our guests to the country’s most exciting archaeological sites. Every day we make a new discovery—and we hope you’ll join us in the near future to make one of your own!

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