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Macedonia's 'Indiana Jones' Won't Rest Until He Finds Alexander's Tomb
Radio Free Europe ^ | November 20, 2012

Posted on 11/23/2012 4:40:59 PM PST by nickcarraway

With his flowing white locks and extravagant manner, Macedonian archaeologist Pasko Kuzman has become something of a celebrity in his native country.

Aside from some notable finds in his native Ohrid region, as head of the Cultural Heritage Protection Office he has had a major role in the Macedonian government's controversial, if not provocative, use of ancient historical figures to adorn the capital, Skopje. He's also seen as the force behind the latest beautification effort: the multimillion-dollar project called Skopje 2014.

Most contentious is the massive bronze statue of Alexander the Great, erected in 2011. At the time, Greece objected strongly to the statue, branding it a "usurpation of Greek history."

This is just one of a series of disputes that began with the very name of the country itself, Republic of Macedonia, which Greece fears represents a claim on its northern province of Macedonia. Greece has blocked Macedonia's joining the European Union and NATO over the name issue.

But Kuzman, for one, won't be deterred. As he told Balkan Insight recently, despite expectations that he will soon retire as the head of the cultural protection office, he won't give up searching for Alexander's tomb, which he believes could be in the country.

"There are two theories: according to the first his tomb is in Egypt, but a mosque was built above the tomb so no one dared dig under the mosque and reveal the tomb.

"We opt for the second theory, that there is a grave in Egypt but that Alexander is not there because on the request of his mother, Olympia, the sarcophagi were replaced and one coffin was sent to Egypt, while the other traveled to Macedonia, where Alexander is buried.

"He was buried with all the honors, but in a secret location in southeast Macedonia at a cemetery which still exists," Kuzman continues, comparing the mystery of his grave with the mystery of the lost kingdom of Atlantis.

"I'm always behind him, closely following his footsteps! My passion since my student days is to find his grave. I am convinced that day will come," he insists."


TOPICS: History; TV/Movies; Travel
KEYWORDS: alexanderthegreat; godsgravesglyphs; macedonia

1 posted on 11/23/2012 4:41:02 PM PST by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

Fool’s, Alex lies outside the walls of Babylon period. This remains a scramble for grant, research and fame, end of discourse. This guys looks like a clown BTW


2 posted on 11/23/2012 5:00:28 PM PST by STD (“Cogito, ergo armatum sum)
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3 posted on 11/23/2012 5:01:08 PM PST by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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4 posted on 11/23/2012 5:01:42 PM PST by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: nickcarraway

Oh geez....it’s Uncle Bill. He’s pulling that old archeological scam again.
“I’ve found Alexander’s tomb!”
“Looks an awful lot like an old refrigerator to me.”
And tell all the college girls to watch out if he asks them if they would like to see, “The Great Sphinx”. He spent a couple of years in the pokey in Argentina for that bit.


5 posted on 11/23/2012 5:02:52 PM PST by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: blueunicorn6

lol


6 posted on 11/23/2012 5:06:45 PM PST by Lancey Howard
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To: nickcarraway

BTW, how many people do you have to kill and how much power do you have to steal to be called “Great”??


7 posted on 11/23/2012 5:12:51 PM PST by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: SunkenCiv

I thought Caligula found and rob the tomb.


8 posted on 11/23/2012 5:22:44 PM PST by Perdogg (Rep. Tom McClintock (R-CA4) for President 2016)
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To: GeronL

How much money has to be wasted by Democrats for it to be called a “Great Depression”?? We’ll have to wait until 2016, before we have the 2nd one!!


9 posted on 11/23/2012 5:28:01 PM PST by Colorado Cowgirl (God bless America!)
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To: Perdogg

Big Al’s body was nabbed by Ptolemy and taken to Alexandria, where it was placed in a grand sarcophagus. There have been rumors that the sarcophagus has survived, but it probably went into the drink when a big chunk of Alexandria slid into the Med as a consequence of an earthquake. :’)

Caligula (Gaius) is said to have had Alexander’s sword removed from the coffin and brought to him.

Hunt for Alexander’s tomb: Greece, Egypt, Persia, India, Broome
ABC News | 18 Mar 2009 | ABC News
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10 posted on 11/23/2012 6:14:22 PM PST by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: GeronL

If his name was Alexander the Adequate, they probably would not have named Alexandria after him. Just as Suleiman the Magnigicent was probably not all that magnificent, I imagine Alexander was not all that Great. He probably had to persuade a lot of dangerous people to kill a bunch of other dangerous people all the time, to get a last name like that.

Alexander was actually pretty much a badass and took over Egypt and Persia and pressed onward even to India. He did not rule for long but carved out quite an empire for himself.


11 posted on 11/23/2012 8:40:54 PM PST by FlyingEagle
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To: FlyingEagle

bump


12 posted on 11/23/2012 8:52:57 PM PST by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: nickcarraway

As good a theory as any other I suppose. But searching for Alex’ body in the Republic of Macedonia strikes me as akin to the drunk looking for his lost car keys under a street lamp because the light is better there.

Wasn’t there a theory that the tomb that is considered to be for Philip of Macedonia may actually house Alex (or maybe have been constructed with that intent)?


13 posted on 11/24/2012 6:58:10 AM PST by Tallguy (Hunkered down in Pennsylvania.)
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