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On this Day in Greece - November 8th

By November 8, 2013

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Philip of Macedon's tomb was discovered on this date in 1977 by Greek archaeologist Manolis Andronikos. Some debate whether or not this is actually the tomb of Alexander the Great's father , though the latest evidence strongly indicates that it is, but there's no doubt that the tomb site at Vergina is a popular one for visitors to Northern Greece. It's one of the most moving archaeological sites in Greece; visitors descend in near-darkness  inside the burial mound to the actual tombs left in place.

Visiting Vergina: Greek Light Meets Great Darkness

November 9, 2010 at 4:18 am
(1) Macedonian says:

Not Philip II of Macedon April 20, 2000
by Angela M.H. Schuster
Skeleton from Vergina royal tomb reappraised.

Right eyesocket (frontal view): the left arrow shows the bony protuberance of the supraorbital notch, and the right arrow shows the frontal notch. No evidence of healing or callus formation can be observed (Antonis Bartsiokas, courtesy Science) [LARGER IMAGE]
A skeleton thought by some to be that of King Philip II of Macedon, is not, in fact, that of the accomplished military leader and father of Alexander the Great, but rather one of Alexander’s half brothers, Philip III Arrhidaeus, a far less prominent figure in the ancient world, according to a new study published in the April 21 edition of the journal Science.

Found within a two-chambered royal tomb unearthed at Vergina, Greece, in November 1977, the nearly complete skeletal remains of a man, 35 to 55 at the time of death (Philip was 46 when he died), had been placed within a golden chest, or larnax, bearing an embossed starburst, the emblem of the Macedonian royal family. Also within the burial were a gilded silver diadem, an iron helmet, an elaborate ceremonial shield, an iron and gold cuirass, and two small ivory portrait heads believed to represent Philip II and Alexander. The remains of a woman, which had been placed in a similar chest, were found in the tomb’s second chamber. Both individuals had been cremated….

November 9, 2010 at 4:39 pm
(2) gogreece says:

There has been a lot of debate on this point, but the article cited above is disputed here, most recently in Sept. 2010:
Macedonia Experts Question Claim that Alexander the Great’s half-brother is buried at Vergina

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