Findings of the Macroscopic Analysis of Amphipolis Skeleton January 20

Amphipolis Skeleton

Greek Ministry of Culture said the results of the macroscopic study of the skeletal material from the fourth chamber and additional information on the geophysical survey carried out in the area of the Casta hill burial complex of Amphipolis, will be published on January 20th. The update was announced by Culture Ministry Secretary General, Lina Mendoni, in the Ministry’s amphitheater, where the first meeting of the Central Archaeological Council for 2015 was held. As she underlined, this date was decided long before the announcement of the January 25 snap general elections.

It should be noted that the Greek Culture Ministry issued a statement on December 18, refuting allegations that the skeleton found at the Amphipolis tomb belongs to Olympias, mother of Alexander the Great.

Reports said the skeleton belongs to a woman who died at the age of 54, approximately. The fractures in the pelvic area reinforced the assumption that it belongs to Olympias, mother of Alexander the Great, who was stoned to death at that age in Pydna, under orders of General Cassandros in 316 B.C.

The Culture Ministry statement highlighted that “the study of skeletal material, found in the fourth chamber of the burial monument on Casta hill, Greece ,  is commissioned to a team of scientists from the Aristotle and Democritus Universities who investigate systematically and scientifically based on the anthropological, social and historical context of the Amphipolis population. The analysis of this material is part of a broader research program that includes the holistic approach of a sample of about three hundred skeletons coming from the area of Amphipolis and chronologically cover the period from 1000 B.C. to 200 B.C.”