Skip to comments.Egypt Archaeologists May Have Found Alexander the Greatís Tomb
Posted on 05/03/2014 5:08:39 AM PDT by blam
Egypt Archaeologists May Have Found Alexander the Greats Tomb
April 30, 2014
In Egypt, a team of archaeologists and historians from the Polish Center of Archaeology have revealed a mausoleum made of marble and gold that might be the tomb of Alexander the Great. The site is situated in an area known as Kom el-Dikka in the heart of downtown Alexandria, only 60 meters away from the Mosque of Nebi Daniel.
The monument was apparently sealed off and hidden in the 3rd or 4th century AD, to protect it from the Christian repression and destruction of pagan monuments after the change of the official religion within the Roman Empire. It is a testimony to the multicultural nature of Alexanders empire, as it combines artistic and architectural influences from Greek, Egyptian, and Persian cultures. The inscriptions are mainly in Greek but there are also a few Egyptian hieroglyphs, mentioning that the mausoleum is dedicated to the King of Kings, and Conqueror of the World, Alexander III. The finding is extremely important as it can provide new information about Alexander the Great.
The mausoleum contains a broken sarcophagus made of crystal glass, 37 bones, mostly heavily damaged but presumably all from the same adult male, as well as some broken pottery dating from the Ptolemaic and Roman ages. A carbon-dating analysis and a series of other tests will determine the age of the bones and whether or not they belong to the Macedonian King.
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My Pleasure, Sunken Civ! :-)
FR Canteen ~ Alexander The Great: Conclusion ~ January 13, 2004
> Some centuries later, Alexander’s golden sarcophagus was melted down for coinage by the Ptolomius XI (116-107, 87-81 B.C.) and replaced with one of alabaster. Strabo (17. C 794), who visited Alexander’s tomb himself in the first century A.D.
Greek language engravings discovered in Alexandria
> [Young Werther] Legend has it that Alexander’s Sarcophogus was crystalline and that he was “buried in the Euphrates river. There is a competing legend that he sarcopogus was carried back to Egypt and taken out to the desert and buried with the Pharohs at, I think Hamunaptra! Supposedly Mark Anthony was taken there by Cleopatra’s priests to kneel at Alexanders sarcophogus!
Macedonia’s ‘Indiana Jones’ Won’t Rest Until He Finds Alexander’s 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.
If true—this is one of the greatest finds in Western Civilization.
Thanks blam. This looks like a winner for the moving of those massive one-piece statues, but doesn’t do much for the pyramind construction. :’)
Now someone has to make sure the Moslems don’t destroy it.
I wonder of there is any way of determining whether it was malaria that killed him. As a malaria sufferer, I am curious. This is a fascinating find.
Glass coffin filled with honey. Glass broken, honey gone. Sounds plausible.
I agree it is a great find. Which gives me an idea.
Sunken Civ, why don’t you put together a poll to find out how FRreepers rate the top 10 (or 20) archeological finds of past 200 years. Survey Monkey has a very easy step by step process for producing your own poll and it’s free.
I trust Sunken Civ to have all the great ones at his fingertips, but he could ask for suggestions from his GGG mailing list.
The Romans didn’t burn the library, it existed for centuries thereafter.
Hey, not bad... I could have some real fun with that...
Wasn’t an earlier library burned when Julius Caesar was there hobnobbing with Cleopatra?
They burned most of it..if not all.
The muslim burned what was left.
You can hear the jokes writing themselves.
The Chinese: It's all Greek to me.
The Greeks: For all I know, they might as well have been speaking Chinese.
Just 60 meters from a mosque -- in muzzie-mad Egypt... How long will it be before this tomb (especially if it has any graphics or statuary) receives "the Bamiyan treatment?
Not even any of it — Caesar was in the citadel, which is where the library was; he had the Egyptian fleet set on fire in the night to clear the harbor and spread discord and bad morale among his adversaries; the fire spread to one of the dockside warehouses, consuming all within, including “some books which chanced to be there.” The library continued in use until the muzzie conquest, when the caliph sent word that it was all to be burned. The anecdote about it is, it took six months to burn it all, in the stoves used to heat the many public baths in the city.
No, there was just the one great library, and no, Caesar didn’t burn it. That idiotic movie from the early 1960s got all sanctimonious about it, because, y’know, it was art. Or rather, alleged art.
“Is that a set of patriotic chopsticks, or are you just happy to see that craft services is serving chicken fried rice?
The "crystal glass" is the one artifact from this tomb that I would most like to examine in a well-equipped analytical lab...
Thanks for the "Heads up!", FRiends!
Hmmm...it’s been a little while since I took those physical anthropology classes. Well, decades actually...but IIRC there are a LOT more bones in the body than 37.
So says you..
Yeah, I suggested going back 200 years because you might find some stuff that was first located in the 1800, eg. Rosetta stone.
How long before the islamists destroy the site and build a mosque?
Thanx for the post. Makes this site extra special.
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History’s first great megalomaniac.
Did Ptolemy take possession?
His one-eyed father Philip's tomb was almost certainly uncovered just a few years ago.
I've read speculation that it may have been West Nile Virus too.
Uh, right back at you. Nyah nyah.
:’) Yes, but 37 is the number which remain.
Nice link, I love that guy’s theory.
Ptolemy may have been the only one who gave it a try. Originally (it sez somewhere around here) the crystal sarco was put into the Euphrates (presumably in a monument of some kind), then Ptolemy grabbed it and built the tomb in Alexandria. Apparently Seleucus realized what a great idea that had been, and built some sort of cenotaph or other monument in Macedonia or Greece somewhere.
:’) I’ll go out on a limb right now and say, this will prove to be the biggest archaeology news of 2014. If someone finally uses remote imaging, good luck, a lot of zigzagging, and a metal detector to turn up Cambyses’ Lost Army, that would be a close second. :’)
Whether the tomb found in Verghina in the 1970s was that of Philip II (Alexander's father) or of another member of the family (like Philip III Arrhidaeus) has been hotly debated--scholars are divided on the question of whose tomb it is.
More wood for the fire.
The mosaic is the so-called Alexander Mosaic, found at Pompeii (now in the archaeological museum in Naples), thought to be a reproduction of an earlier painting.
I never even knew he lost it.........Hopefully they have a current address for him and can send it back.
It may have been destroyed in 273 during the war between Aurelian and Zenobia, or a bit later when Diocletian sacked the city.
Luciano Canfora has a book on the library (The Vanished Library, University of California Press, 1990), but I haven't read it.