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New findings in the ancient Macedonian kingdom Vergina

01 September 2009 / 10:09:33  GRReporter
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Star of VerginaTwo silver plates have been found on the territory of today's capital of the Macedonian kingdom - Vergina, about 100km away from Thessaloniki.

The findings were discovered within the ruins of the site, where last year some remains were discovered, probably of one of the sons of Alexander the Great, who was killed as a child.

The funeral hides many secrets and according to archeologists, independently of whether there was a graveyard nearby, the remains have been transferred to another place, in order to "re-bury" the body in the center of the ancient city.

According to archeology expert Hrisoula Satsoglou-Paliadeli, the bones have been found inside one of these big silver plates, buried where the old market place used to be - not far away from the theatre, where in 336 BCE the father of Alexander the Great, Philip II was killed. Mrs. Paliadeli believes that the remains can be of a member of the royal Macedonian family. The estimate date of burial is 4 BCE. Nonetheless it is early to give assumptions about the buried person, because now many lab tests must be done, in order to figure out the gender of the deceased.

Professor Sarsoglou-Paliadeli is certain the silver plates look very much like an analogic finding, done 2 decades in the royal tomb, where the mound of Philip was found.

As we all know Alexander the Great was one of the greatest generals in the history of the world. After winning against Persia, he even conquers India. After his death in 323 BCE his empire falls apart, which led to series of wars. Soon after his death, his mother, brother, wife and two sons are killed. This is how the Alexander Empire dies out but even until today his glory moving through the centuries.

Dilyana Ivanova


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