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Seven years ago, in the last moment of a long and frustrating excavation, the archaeologist Calliope Limneos-Papakosta found, thanks to the movement of the earth in an excavated hole, a piece of marble that belonged to a Hellenistic statue of Alexander the Great which is currently on display in the National Museum of Alexandria.
Since that time, Papakosta, who heads the Research Institute of Hellenic Civilization in Alexandria, has excavated 10 meters underground beneath modern Alexandria, and you have now discovered an important public building in the royal quarter of the ancient city.
The great hope of archaeologists is to make one of the great archaeological discoveries that remains to be made: find the tomb of Alexander the Great.
Once he passed away Alexander the Great, his body was buried first in Memphis, and then in the city that bears his name, where his tomb was visited and venerated as the temple of a god.
For centuries the ancient city has been slowly sinking, but it did not prevent the city from developing and growing to what it is currently Alexandria. However, the foundations of the city were buried and forgotten and with them, the tomb of Alexander the Great.
The exact site of his burial is unknown, but authors such as Strabo (among others) described it perfectly, although with the new city it is very difficult to find it.
In fact, more than 140 official excavations have been carried out on the tomb, but none have yielded results, increasing its prestige and that finding it is at the height of the discovery of Tutankhamun's tomb.
Papakosta is guided by ancient maps of Alexandria, written, and by the most modern technology to continue his discoveries, which allowed him to find the real quarter of the city, including a Roman road, and the remains of a public building of great importance that could be the tomb of Alexander.
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