The Royal Cemetery at Vergina © David Gill

The World Heritage site of Vergina in Macedonia, Greece contains the Macedonian royal palace as well as the royal cemetery. Tomb II has been reconstructed to make a display for the objects found in the cemetery. It was thought that Philip II, the father of Alexander the Great, was buried in the tomb but the inscribed silver plate appears to be later. Other tombs dating to the fourth century BC have been found in the vicinity.

4th century BC tomb at Vergina © David Gill

The Macedonian palace overlooks the plain and cemetery. It contained a series of dining rooms as part of the complex.

The Royal Palace at Vergina © David Gill

Immediately below it was the theatre where Philip II was assassinated.

The theatre at Vergina © David Gill

Author: David Gill

David Gill is Honorary Professor in the Centre for Heritage at the University of Kent, and Honorary Research Fellow in the School of History and an Academic Associate in SISJAC at UEA; Professor of Archaeological Heritage.

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