This document collects together interesting snippets of information, about this purported "find" arranged in most recent first order. To return to the Egyptology Home Page click here.
I would like to draw your attention to the fact that the Siwa inscription naming Alexander and poison is a fraud. It does not exist. The Greek delegates from the Ministry of Culture saw a dedicatory inscription written on an architrave of a building from the reign of Trajan. It named Artemidoros, eparch of Egypt. There was no Alexander and no tomb.
Olga Palagia (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Liana Souvaltzi reported at the 6th International Congress of Egyptology in Turin in 1991 on a Macedonian tomb in Siwa oasis:
"Discovering a Macedonian Tomb in Siwa Oasis" In: Curto, Silvio et al., [Editors], Sesto Congresso Internazionale di Egittologia: Atti, Volume II (1993), pages 511-514.
Is this the same tomb we're talking about this week?
Nicole B. Hansen posted the following interesting quote to the Chicago list:
In Cassandra Vivian's 1990 book _Islands of the Blest: A Guide to the Oases and Western Desert of Egypt_, she describes the area where the tomb was found (Maraqi), thus:
"Little remains of the Doric Temple described by travelers in the nineteenth century as a perfect Doric structure. The temple is presently being excavated by a Greek Mission that hopes to find information about Alexander the Great in the rubble. The hypothesis is that Alexander is buried in Siwa, and the temple, being the only existing Greek structure, will offer clues to support the theory. To date no inscriptions or artifacts have been found."-p.283
5 years ago, before finding anything, she believed they would find the tomb! We all know how Schliemann wanted to find Troy...
Erhart Graefe has sent an interesting article on the subject from the Frankfurter Allegemeine Zeitung (in German).
Anton Koornhof (email@example.com) tells me that the excavation is by a team of Greek archaeologists under Liana Souvaltzi. The excavations have apparently been put on hold for a month as Ramadan has started.