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A statue of Alexander the Great.

New Theory Released in Alexander the Great Burial Mystery

March 23, 2009 03:44 PM
by Lindsey Chapman
The tomb of Alexander the Great has been missing for almost 2,000 years, yet one man claims the ancient Greek leader is resting in Australia.

Alexander the Great in Western Australia?

For decades, people have speculated about the location of the tomb of Alexander the Great. One man in Australia said his old friend knows the true story of where the famous king was laid to rest.

Tim Tutungis told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) that he and his friend Lou Batalis were discussing the tomb one day when Batalis remarked, “They’ll never ever find it, no matter where they look, because Alexander the Great is buried in Broome, in Western Australia.”

According to ABC, Tutungis stated that a man entered a cave in Broome decades ago, found what looked like ancient Greek inscriptions, and reported his discovery to the government. Australian officials asked the Greek community whether anyone could read ancient Greek.”

It was Batalis who said he could help. He was taken to the cave where he apparently determined that the inscriptions read, “Alexander the Great.” Tutungis continued, “The government did say to him at that time, ‘You didn’t see this, OK, this never happened.’”

The Archaeological Institute of America writes that Alexander the Great had requested that his body be thrown in the river when he died. Doing so, he thought, would allow survivors to continue a myth that he had been taken to heaven to live with the god Ammon, “who had allegedly fathered him.”

His wishes weren’t respected, though. One account states that his generals took two years to make a cart to carry Alexander’s mummy to his tomb. His body was apparently moved several times, and dozens of attempts have been made to find his resting place.
Tutungis said he is certain Batalis was telling him the truth about Alexander because the king’s grave has never been found despite the fact that people “have looked everywhere.”

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Key Player: Alexander the Great

Alexander the Great was born in Macedonia in 356 BC. His father was the king of Macedon, Philip II. After Philip was assassinated, Alexander inherited the kingdom, and soon set out to conquer the Persian Empire. The BBC writes that he never lost a battle as he crossed Asia Minor, Syria and Egypt, and was the Great King of Persia at 25. His empire eventually covered approximately 2 million square miles, bringing him high regard as a military genius.

Related Topic: Other lost tombs

Jesus of Nazareth
In 2007, Discovery News reported that fresh scientific evidence indicated that a tomb in Jerusalem may have belonged to Jesus of Nazareth and his family. There were also indications that he and Mary Magdalene may have had a son.

The tomb was originally excavated in 1980, after a construction crew working on an apartment complex discovered the tomb. Of the 10 ossuaries, “or limestone bone boxes,” in the tomb, five were inscribed with the names Jesus, Mary, Matthew, Joseph and Mary Magdalene.

Egypt’s Tomb 5

In 1988, Dr. Kent Weeks, an Egyptologist, set out to determine that the construction of a new parking lot would not destroy any important history near the burial ground of King Tut. He explored an “old dumping ground” of rooms that prior excavators had used to hold debris, opened a door that had been blocked for thousands of years and eventually found himself in the middle of “the discovery of a lifetime,” according to Time. Tomb 5 was “the biggest and most complex tomb ever found in Egypt—and quite conceivably the resting place of up to 50 sons of Ramesses II.”

Amenhotep’s Tomb
The tomb of Amenhotep was discovered by Swedish Egyptologist Karl Piehl in 1880. Later, the tomb disappeared under sand and archaeologists were unable to find it. A report in 2009 said it had been rediscovered by a team of Belgian archaeologists, however. 

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