The Aryan Past: Alive In A Tomb
The ancient heroic age of Greece has come alive again in the ancient land where so much of Western civilization had its birth. Archaeologists have unearthed a massive tomb in the northern Greek town of Pella, capital of the ancient kingdom of Macedonia and birthplace of Alexander the Great.
The eight-chambered tomb dates to the classical Hellenic age between the fourth and second century B.C., and is the largest of its kind ever found. The 678-square-foot tomb hewn out of rock was discovered by a farmer plowing his field on the eastern edge of the ancient cemetery of Pella, some 370 miles north of Athens.
It is not clear who the tomb was built for originally, but dozens of votive clay pots and idols, copper coins and jewelry have been found. These were scattered around the entrance to the tomb as if they had been dropped, and give evidence that the mausoleum was probably looted in the far past and the thieves lost some of their booty on their way out.
Although no skeletal remains have yet been found, these relics indicate that the tomb's occupant must have been a man or woman of great importance, someone along the line of Philip of Macedon or Alexander's mother Olympias. The complex is dominated by a central area surrounded by eight chambers colored in red, blue and gold dyes.
Three inscribed stone slabs inside bear female names, Antigona, Kleoniki and Nikosrati. A relief on one of the slabs depicts a woman and her servant. However, it is still not clear whether or not these women were buried there.
The ancient Greeks of the Heroic Age and the Bronze Age, the time of Homer, were racially remote from the mixed-race and Levantine-ized nation inhabiting that part of the world today. They are often described in lyric poetry and depicted on wall murals, pottery shards, and bronze and marble statuary as tall blond men with blue and green eyes, the original settlers of the Pelopponesus around 1000 B.C.
Alexander's empire, which stretched from Greece to Asia, broke into separate kingdoms upon his death in 323 B.C., as his generals battled over the remains of it, but many of them founded ruling dynasties in places as far away as Egypt. The famous Queen Cleopatra, for example, was not a dusky brunette or a negroid, but is described in contemporary Roman accounts as a blonde. Apparently she spoke Greek at her court and understood very little of the native Egyptian language of the people over whom she ruled.