Ancient Palace Discovered Near Sparta

Archaeologists digging in near Xirokambi (not fare from Amykles, ancient Amyclae), south of Sparta, have discovered the remains of a ten-room Mycenaean palace. Indications are that it dates all the way back to the 17th–16th centuries BC. Plenty of inscriptions in Linear B script were also found amongst the cache of artefacts.

This is an exciting find that will help us piece together a little more of the early history of the Greek peninsula.

The full story and some great pics are found at The Pappas Post.

You can also check out the website of the Amykles Research Project.

Excavation site at Amykles

The remains of Alexander the Great’s Father, Philip II, have probably been identified

It seems that forensic analysis has positively identified the remains of Philip II of Macedon, the father of Alexander the Great. While there is no inscriptional or documentary evidence to prove the identification, the forensic analysis suggests the identification is probable. The skeletal remains of the adult male from Tomb I at Vergina bear the same wounds to the knee that Philip is documented to have suffered. This means the other skeletal remains in the same tomb are likely to be those of his wife, Cleopatra Eurydice (not the mother of Alexander the Great), and their infant child.

We’ve long suspected the Vergina tomb complex was Philip’s last resting place. Now, palaeopathology has given us the strongest indication that this is correct.

More on the identification can be found via the following links:

This is probably the jawbone of Philip II of Macedon, father of Alexander the Great. Credit: Image Courtesy Javier Trueba on livescience