Is there a deliberate effort to cover up some extraordinary artifacts that were found in what some think was Alexander the Great’s grave?
Baghdad Djillali Difallah, a French treasure hunter of Algerian origin discovered these remarkable and very beautiful ancient objects in a cave in Jordan. The cave that extends tens of meters leads to two large halls covered with golden objects.
In one of the halls there is the ark of the sarcophagus of Alexander.
Could this be the true location of Alexander the Great’s grave?
The location of the cave is being kept secret by the Jordanian government. There are some rumors the cave was known and guarded by a secret unknown organization, preventing the outside world to learn about these incredible objects.
However, Baghdad Djillali Difallah feels it is important to reveal the truth about this discovery to the public.
“It’s been three years since I carried this burden, it frees me that the whole world knows, it was time for me to reveal it. I am relieved to have made public my discovery; it was buried deep in me as an archaeological relic. But this treasure belongs to the heritage of humanity,” Baghdad Djillali Difallah said.
According to Baghdad Djillali Difallah this is the greatest archaeological treasure of all-time. Although the treasure hunter found the grave in 2011, it took two years for the news to be disclosed and finally made public.
The announcement took place on 25 July 2013, at the Institut du Monde Arabe in Paris. Baghdad Djillali Difallah held his first press conference to reveal his incredible discovery.
On two occasions, in particular, equipped with an oxygen mask and a makeshift lamp, Bagdad Djillali Difallah expressed his “indescribable emotion” when entering the rooms where the treasures were lying after walking through incredible corridors.
It is now up to Jordanian authorities and the King of Jordan to reveal the content of the tomb and tell the public about this remarkable discovery.
The problem is that many Jordanians are upset over the corruption as many priceless ancient treasures have been sold and looted in the past. What will happen to the wonderful objects discovered in the secret cave?
Will they mysteriously vanish or will they be properly examined and one day admired by the public?
Baghdad Djillali Difallah still hopes that Jordanian archaeologists will organize excavations conduct investigation of the object in order to determine their date and true origin.
Archaeologists have taken a step closer to discovering the mysteries that lie inside an ancient tomb unearthed in Greece.
Following months of excavation, a team of researchers has made their way into the third chamber of the tomb, in the Amphipolis region of Serres, through a wall that was only recently uncovered.
But, upon entering the chamber, the archaeologists may have damaged the structural integrity of the surrounding structure – and are concerned it may collapse before they discover what lies beyond.
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Following months of excavation, a team of researchers has made their way into the third chamber of what’s been dubbed Alexander the Great’s tomb, in the Amphipolis region of Serres. Access was possible through a wall that was only recently uncovered (pictured)
Experts believe the ancient mound, situated around 65 miles (100km) from Thessaloniki, was built for a prominent Macedonian in around 300 to 325BC.
It may be the final resting place for a relative or senior official of the famous king.
Access to the third chamber was made possible after experts unearthed two sculpted female figures, known as Caryatids, last week.
By removing a large volume of soil, behind the wall bearing the two sculpted female figures, they were able to uncover the next chamber.
Until now, experts had only partially investigated the antechamber of the tomb and uncovered a marble wall concealing one or more inner chambers.
During initial observations, the archaeologists found that the level of sandy soil in the third chamber is lower than in the previous two chambers.
The dome structure has been weakened, as a result of losing a large amount of earth, and the researchers found the arched dome of the third chamber is on the verge of collapse, due to ‘deep and extensive cracks’ on either side.
Before the discovery of the Caryatids, it was feared the ‘incredibly important’ tomb dating to the time of Alexander the Great had been plundered in antiquity.
Last week, archaeologists unearthed two sculpted female figures, known as Caryatids, (pictured) as they dug deeper at the site in the northeast of Greece. The half-bodied statues made of marble have thick hair covering their shoulders and are wearing a sleeved tunic
Archaeologists excavating an ancient mound in northern Greece (pictured) uncovered the entrance to an important tomb some months ago. It is believed to have been built at the end of the reign of warrior-king Alexander the Great and Prime Minister Antonis Samaras described the discovery as ‘extremely important’
Archaeologist said that a hole in the decorated wall, and signs of forced entry, indicated it had been looted.
But the discovery of the female sculptures gave fresh hope that some treasure may have survived, after all.The Caryatids are made of marble and support an inner entrance into the tomb.They feature the same sculpting technique used for the heads and wings of two sphinxes found guarding the main entrance of the tomb last month.
‘The structure of the second entrance with the Caryatids is an important finding, which supports the view that it is a prominent monument of great importance,’ the Culture Ministry said.
The face of one of the Caryatids is missing, while both figures have one hand outstretched in a symbolic move to push away anyone who would try to violate the tomb.
Archaeologists have said that the Amphipolis site appears to be the largest ancient tomb ever discovered in Greece at 1,935ft (590m) wide.
Last month, pictures emerged of a pair of sphinxes guarding the grave’s main entrance beneath a large arch and experts said that most of the earth around the mythical creatures had been removed to reveal part of a marble lintel with frescoes.
Chief archaeologist Katerina Peristeri said that the monument being uncovered is a unique tomb, not just for Greece but for the entire Balkanic peninsula, and described it as being of ‘global interest’.
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