ATHENS -The Greek Culture Ministry has said media reports claiming that human remains found in the ancient Amphipolis archaeological dig have been identified were “groundless information” and speculation.
In its statement, the ministry said that an examination of the bones found in the tomb is underway and that the sex, age and height of the deceased is expected to be revealed next month.
The results of a broader investigation aimed at determining the identity of the skeleton won’t be known until sometime late in 2016, the ministry said, without explaining why it would take so long, especially with keen interest around the world about discoveries in the tomb which dates to the era of Alexander the Great.
Recent reports said that the skeleton belongs to a woman who died at the age of about 54 and pelvic fractures led to beliefs that it may even have been Alexander’s mother, Olympias, who was stoned to death at that age in Pydna, under orders of General Cassandros in 316 B.C.
The ministry statement says that “the study of skeletal material, found in the fourth place of the burial monument on the Casta hill, 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 population of Amphipolis… The analysis of this material is part of a broader research program, which 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”