Thursday, July 25 2024

Alexander the Great statue discovery sparks renewed interest to find his grave


Egypt’s Ministry of Antiquities announced the discovery of a statue of Alexander The Great after nine months of digging, within an ancient “residential and commercial zone” in Alexandria which archeologists belief was the trading centre of  the Ptolemaic period.

As they explored the al-Shatby neighbourhood of Alexandria, “the mission discovered a large network of tunnel tanks painted pink for storing rain, flood, and groundwater to be used during the draught time,” said Mostafa Waziri, Secretary-General of Egypt’s Supreme Council of Antiquities, to the Xinhua news agency.

Waziri went on to describe the town’s layout as  “composed of a main street and several branch roads that were all connected by a sanitation network.”

As Phil Butler wrote in a recent article, the discovery has sparked interest once again in the lost tomb of Alexander the Great, one of the greatest figures in world history.

A couple years ago, writes Butler,  “excavations in Alexandria’s ancient royal quarter clued archaeologists who have been searching for the hero’s finally resting place. Calliope Limneos-Papakosta  and her team discovered a magnificent marble statue of Alexander, along with other clues that may lead to the discovery of his long lost tomb. The archaeologists is literally turning over every stone in her quest to find Alexander’s tomb.

“Limneos-Papakosta began collaborating with DNA Sequence SRL to use DNA for better understanding the social patterns of this region. Using this technology, it may be possible for the archaeologists to trace the effects of natural disasters, plagues, and so forth, in order to get a picture of the layout and location of Alexandria in the distant past. At least this is my interpretation of what could be accomplished,” writes Butler.