Macedonian Tomb

Archaeologists believe it dates to the period after Alexander’s death, which was marked by mass power struggles.

The tomb was probably used by a noble family about 2,300 years ago – some of whose names are still visible.

Archaeologists said that the eight-chambered tomb was significant in style. It is accessible through a 16-metre entrance.

Funeral tombs found earlier in Greece contained no more than three chambers.

Carved into rock, the new find is reported still to retain part of its internal wall colouring of red, light blue and gold.

It is believed that the tomb has been looted over the years. However, jewellery, copper coins and earthen vases were still found in the chambers, along with inscribed tombstones with the names still visible.

“This was a very rich family,” archaeologist Maria Akamati told Reuters news agency. “This is rare as the cemetery is full of plebeians,” or commoners.

This is about 700 years too late for Dielli, but I still like the description. Maybe I’ll use it for the Kalhun royalty.

From the BBC via Cronaca