Five people buried in tomb at Ancient Amphipolis, tests reveal
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Five people buried in tomb at Ancient Amphipolis, tests reveal

A new report from the Greek Ministry of Culture revealed that five remains were found in the tomb at Casta Hill. In the special announcement it is being stated that the five occupants are a woman, two men, an infant and  the remains of a burnt person.

The skeletal remains of the funerary monument, are approximately 550 bones, crushed as well as intact  ans a skull in good condition, from which the bones are missing. There were no teeth except from one carious root of the right second premolar, which was located in the mandible and displays advanced apical abscess.

From the 550 bones, which were counted, approximately 157, which emerged after careful repair, were recorded systematically in a database. Moreover, animal bones were also identified, some of which seem to belong to equine long bones. The animal bones will be studied by a special Zooarchaeologist.

The scientists of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and Democritos University of Thrace have specified the age of the occupants. The woman is 60-year-old and the two adult men are in their 30s.

One of the five occupants of the tomb had been burnt at an earlier time. The remains of the person burnt had probably preceded the rest, as this had ceased being used as a burial means in the 2nd-3rd century BC.

Scientists are currently looking at the DNA of the skeletal remains to see if the occupants are related. They are seeking family profiles to match the occupants with historical personalities they may belong to, however the ashes of the burnt body will be the hardest to identify.

Specifically, 550 bone pieces were found shattered, one skull was in a good condition but lacked the other parts.