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Amphipolis tomb does not contain Alexander the Great remains, says lead archaeologist

The archaeologist leading the dig at the much-discussed ancient tomb of Amphipolis in Serres, northern Greece, on Thursday laid to rest speculation that it may contain the remains of Alexander the Great.

“I hope that by Christmas, if not earlier, we will have some news,” Katerina Peristeri told Melbourne-based Greek community newspaper Neos Kosmos.

She added that the majestic tomb on Kasta Hill cannot possibly contain the remains of the great Macedonian general (325-300 BC), as it dates to after his death, in the latter quarter of the 4th century BC.

“We don’t know what else is in there, but such a monument has never been discovered before on a global scale,” Peristeri said. “We are making new astonishing and stirring discoveries every day,” she said as archaeologists explore two large chambers and clear the way for entry into a third.