A set of bones have been found by Greek archaeologists in a grand tomb in a town called Vergina. They believe that the bones belong to King Philip II of Macedon.
The researchers examined examined over 350 separate bone fragments which were lying in several baskets. They identified these bones fragments and various other materials using activity markers, pathologies, and certain signs of physical trauma.
Joining King Philip II is a female warrior who has been theorised to be the Skythian King’s daughter.
The official conclusions of the dig will be announced by Khaled Shaheen in the Archaeological Museum of Thesalonica. On show will be a sideshow of three thousand photographs, as well as x-ray images and pictures produced by a scanning electron microscope.
The remains discovered in the tomb were cremated with a male and female skeleton accompanied by all types of burial artefacts including bronze and silver bowls, gold wreaths, gold larnakes and weapons.
King Philip II lived in the fourth century BC, and was a warrior king of the ancient Greek country of Macedon. During his career he conquered Greece right up to the base of the Balkan Mountains.
He was famed for using the right combination of military strength, diplomacy and marriage ties with foreign kings. No doubt that these traits would end up in his son, even surpassing his own.
He also put a lot of effort into improving the Macedonian military, and he was the first one to consider the possibility of an invasion of Persia.