Excavations in Alexandria’s ancient royal quarter provide intriguing hints to the famous conqueror’s final resting place.
- National Geographic
It was the last hour of the last day of a long, frustrating dig, and Calliope Limneos-Papakosta was ready to go home.
For 14 years the Greek archaeologist had been scouring Shallalat Gardens, a public park in the heart of Alexandria, Egypt, for traces of Alexander the Great, the ancient conqueror-turned-pharaoh who gave the city his name.
Now it was time to leave—empty-handed.
Then a bit of soil shifted in the pit and Papakosta’s assistants called her over to inspect a…