Tomb of the Lost King

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Duration: 50 minutes

First transmitted in 1979. A look behind-the-scenes with archaeologist Manolis Andronikos as he explores an unlooted royal tomb discovered in Vergina. The background to the growth of the Macedonian Empire under Philip II is explored as speculation grows about the identity of the skeleton found in a gold casket. Is it Philip II? And was he murdered under orders from Alexander the Great?

  • Did You Know?

    Since the discovery of these tombs in 1977 and 1978, others have been found in the surrounding area. In 2006, a farmer stumbled across a tomb near Pella, once the capital city of ancient Macedonia. In the neighbouring Republic of Macedonia, a number of tombs were found in July 2009. Although earlier in date, they contained similar grave goods.
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Andrew Faulds
Manolis Andronicos
Roy Davies
Roy Davies
Series Editor
Bruce Norman


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