Antiquities Minister denies discovery of tomb of Alexander the Great
Minister of Antiquities Mohamed Ibrahim - YOUM7(Archive)

CAIRO: Minister of Antiquities Mohamed Ibrahim refuted reports of the discovery of the tomb of Alexander the Great in Alexandria’s southern district of Kom el Dikka, the Antiquities Ministry stated Tuesday.

“I call on media outlets and news websites to be precise, pursue the truth of the news and verify their sources before publishing such inaccurate news,” said Ibrahim.

Head of the Polish Center of Mediterranean Archaeology (PCMA) Prof. Piotr Bielinski also said that the news is “hoax” and that the Polish mission is still looking for the lost tomb of Alexander III of Macedonia, known as Alexander the Great, said Ibrahim.

“The Ministry of Antiquities announces Egypt’s recent excavations on its official website,” said Ibrahim, who urged those who are interested in the Egyptian antiquities affairs to check the Ministry’s website and Facebook page.

On April 30, several news websites announced that while conducting excavations in an ancient Coptic crypt at Alexandria’s downtown district of Kom El Dikka, archaeologists at the PCMA discovered a crystal glass sarcophagus inside a marble mausoleum that was mistakenly thought to be the lost tomb of Alexander the Great.

Alexandria was the capital city of Egypt during the Greco-Roman Period (332 BC- 395 AD.)

The location of the tomb of Alexander the Great is a historical mystery, Head of Greco-Roman History Department at the Faculty of Tourism and Hotels El Minya University Fathy Khourshid told The Cairo Post.

Alexander the Great conquered Egypt in 332 BC, died in the same year, in the palace of Nebuchadnezzar II in Babylon, said Khourshid.

“Since his death, his resting place became a subject of negotiation between his successor, Ptolemy I and his infantry General Seleucus I Nicator,” he added.

The location of his tomb is still unknown, and Babylon, Aegea, Siwa and Alexandria are amongst possible resting places for his body, said Khourshid, who added that there is no archaeological evidence indicating the location of the lost tomb.

The National Geographic Channel produced in 2011 a documentary called “Mystery Files, Alexander the Great” suggesting that the tomb of Alexander the Great disappeared shortly after Christianity was introduced to Egypt in the year 55 AD.

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