The ancient skeleton that has been found in the tomb, has rekindled the debates among researchers and experts for the tombs’ resident identity, making more and more exciting the question ,who was buried in the tomb of Amphipolis Dorthy King noted that “… at the moment, all findings that have been published in conjunction with the colossal size and the unusual decor of Amphipolis tomb, do show for me, that the construction of the tomb began by the order of Alexander and was completed by his successors.” According to the famous archaeologist, “whether the tomb was for the Macedonian commander Alexander, or for Hephaistion is under discussion, but because we know from written history that the construction of the tomb of Hephaestion was canceled, it is likely to have been constructed for Alexander himself.” “I suspect,” she adds, “that there are more discoveries to come to light. From the sources, however, we come down to the fact that there are only two candidates, based on the dates, and the terms of social status: Hephaestion and Alexander.” “All sources agree that the body of Alexander moved to Alexandria, so the only one who remains is Hephaestion,” the archaeologist said. Dorothy King also, on her interview to the Greek Newspaper, stressed that “Amphipolis is in Macedonia, Vergina is in Macedonia and Macedonia is in Greece. To suggest otherwise is as ridiculous as to advocate that Jesus went to America.”
But the Greek Archaeologists don’t seem to follow Dorothy’s King scientific approach, nor her inspirational passion for the traces of Alexander the Great to be tracked in the Amphipolis moment.
“It is hard to determine whether the dead of Amphipolis has some relationship with the royal family of Macedonia, stated on Monday November 17 the General Secretary of the Ministry of Culture Lina Mendoni, explaining that the comparison with the DNA of Philip will not be easy. The genetic material found in the tombs of Vergina is quite overworked,” said Lina Mendoni who explained that scientists from the University have requested a comparison of the Amphipolis’ bones with that of Philip II detected in Vergina, noting however that this is extremely difficult . As she explained, the bones of Philip found in Vergina are burnt , but most importantly, those findings that came to light 50 years ago were not handled properly as to reserve the anthropological material. Many hands of the modern man have touched Phillip’s bones, Mendoni said, as to transfer them for analysis to lots of modern laboratories. But this, ironically, was the big loss of modern archaeology. Talking on an interview to Real Radio, the senior professor of Archaelogy Konstantinos Kargakos, had said, since the early days of the Amphipolis’ discovery, that in Vergina a sponge , 2500 years old was found, probably as a personal, live DNA material of Phillip. But the knowledge of the science was not adequate, 50 years ago to, to care by today’s knowledge for this “rare ancient gene pool”, as he characterized it , “that was uniquely found in a sponge”. The sponge has been kept in formalin, and the DNA traces have been destroyed