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New theories for the identity of the dead in Amphipolis

New theories for the identity of the dead in Amphipolis

Intense debate among archaeologists about the secret which is hidden in the tomb of Amphipolis. The Professor of Archaeology, Olga Palagia, speaking on the show Overthrow of John Pretenteris, re-denies the dating of the monument.

"I believe that there are later interventions in this monument and so must have many dating. Due to the city of Amfipolis of course I accept that we have a core of Macedonian tomb, which is at the end of the 4th century. Due to the fact that I'm an expert in sculpture, I must say that I have not seen such Caryatids before the 1st century BC", she said.

Mrs. Palagia had also questioned the estimates of the chief archaeologist Katerina Peristeri for the dating of the tomb, provoking her strong reaction, last September.

"It is futile that colleagues speak for Roman times or anything. You know that Mrs. Olga Palagia says that the tomb is Roman without ever having seen the excavation or Amphipolis, nor do I have any contact with her", stated Ms. Peristeri in mid-September.

The Professor of Archaeology Panos Valavanis supported the accuracy of the estimates of Katerina Peristeri.

"I believe that the tomb was made at the same period. Some colleagues say that the revetment is from a later period but it was proved otherwise because the enclosure of the original structure has the same form with the revetment ", said Mr. Valavanis talking on the show Overthrow.

Olga Palagia not confined only to question the dating of the monument, but denied even that the deceased was a very important person. "This dead was not cremated and I do not believe that he is a king or someone important", she said, and she estimates that the dead was someone rich or maybe the mayor of Amphipolis and not a general, and that on the Macedonian tomb above, might have been buried a general.

The archaeologist Panagiotis Faklaris, also challenged the theory that it is the tomb of a general of Alexander the Great, saying that "a general should have a much larger and much brighter grave. This tomb which was discovered in Amphipolis is not from the top tombs in luxury."

In turn, Professor of Archaeology Chrysoula Paliadeli expressed the view that "the size of the monument refers to an important person. And I wonder, she said, because outside of the kings which are buried in Aegae or Pella, there were regents after Alexander, Antipater was among them."