Aristotle’s tomb discovered in Greece: Archaeologists reveal location of philosopher’s 2,400-year-old crypt
Archaeologists have found the tomb of the philosopher Aristotle in Greece after excavating for two decades.
The 2,400-year-old crypt was discovered in his birthplace Stagira, near the ancient city’s Agora – a public gathering space.
It was originally thought that Aristotle died in Chalcis in 322 BC – 62 years after his birth in 384 BC – but archaeologists now think the people of Stagira moved his ashes to his home town.
Speaking at the Aristotle 2400 Years World Congress, archaeologists hailed the finding as the most important from a 20-year excavation, according to the Greek Reporter .
The tomb has an enormous dome standing 10 metres tall and marble flooring which has been dated to the Hellenistic period.
It has 360-degree views and is located in an area that would have been easily accessible for the visiting public to pay their respects.
But archaeologists noted that the construction of the tomb was hurried and high quality materials were put on top at a later date.
In the tomb, which was destroyed by the Byzantines, excavators also found ceramics from royal pottery workshops and fifty coins dated to the time of Alexander the Great.
A semi-circle wall stands at two-meters in height. A pathway leads to the tomb’s entrance for those that wished to pay their respects.
Other findings included ceramics from the royal pottery workshops and fifty coins dated to the time of Alexander the Great.
The tomb structure was destroyed by the Byzantines, who built a square tower on top of it.
Aristotle has been described as “the first genuine scientist in history” after writing widely on everything from physics and zoology to poetry and linguistics.
His thoughts helped lay the foundations for Western culture.