Archaeologists working in the ancient Greek city of Stagira have claimed to have found the ancient tomb of Aristotle. Konstantinos Sismanidis said that while he "no proof just strong indications" he is confident that a tomb he discovered in central Macedonia belongs to that of the Greek philosopher.
The announcement is set to be made at the Aristotle 2400 Years World Congress on 26 May, describing it as the most important find of the 20-year excavation of the site, according to Greek media.
Sismanidis said the structure found in the ruins at Stagira – originally unearthed in 1996 – was once a public monument where Aristotle was honoured after his death. It was originally thought that Aristotle died in Chalcis in 322 BC at the age of 62, but experts now believe his remains could have been moved back to his hometown in Stagira, which is on the eastern coast of Macedonia.
Despite being one of the most influential figures of all time because of his teachings and thinking, very little is known about the life of Aristotle, as virtually all biographical recordings about him life was written in ancient Greece and often speculative.
According to the Greek Reporter, other findings at the site include ceramics, and 50 coins dating back to the time of Alexander the Great, who Aristotle was a known tutor to.
Haven been taught by fellow Greek philosopher Plato, Aristotle's teachings on several subjects from politics, poetry, physics and ethics have helped shaped the Western philosophy as a whole right up to the current day.