King Philip II of Macedon's left leg bones. These bones were found in Tomb I at the Great Tumulus at Aigai, near modern Vergina, Greece. They show a massive knee ankylosis (fusion of the joint) and a hole, which are consistent with a penetrating lance injury received by King Philip II of Macedon (382-336 BC) in 339 BC. Age estimation techniques show the body to be that of a middle-aged male, which is consistent with Phillip II's death at 46 years old. Also buried in the tomb were a young female, Philip's wife Cleopatra, and their newborn son.
June 29th, 2016
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