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A new tomb unearthed in Ampipholis, Greece could refer to either Alexander the Great or a senior official of the world conqueror.

The tomb appears to date from 325BC-300BC, and Alexander the Great died in 323BC. Excavators have only been able to see 13 stairs that lead to a path. The path then leads to walls that end up traveling to a place where only two sphinxes (both headless and wingless) are located. While some parts of the tomb were discovered nearly two years ago, the new discovery of the tomb pertains to the fortified wall structure. Officials say that it is likely the tomb could have been in its current state for the last 1700 years and could contain jewels and gems stemming from the time of Alexander.

About 5 kilometers away from the site was a stone lion, who many say was associated with Alexander the Great’s military commanders Laomedon of Mytilene. Laomedon became Governor of Syria after Alexander the Great’s death.

There is much more to be unearthed at the site, and excavators will start digging within the next two weeks to discover who the tomb belongs to. A strong police force is present at the site, though the tomb seems to be unlooted for the last several centuries – a sign that it was highly fortified. Highly fortified structures have historically been built for important military and administration officials.

Alexander the Great built his empire from Macedonia all the way to India, but he also brought Hellenization (Greek culture) to Jewish territories, including sports, language, and other customers. Upon his death, his massive empire was divided up between his four generals.