Regardless of where Macedonia is, the tomb likely doesn’t hold its most famous son, Alexander, who died at age 32 in Babylon, now in modern-day Iraq. It also doesn’t likely hold his immediate family, such as his son Alexander IV, who is likely buried at one of the royal tombs in Aigai, the ancient first capital of Macedonia which is located near the present-day northern Greek city of Vergina, and also likely contains the remains of Alexander’s father, Philip II.
So who might be buried there?
Robin Lane Fox, a noted historian at Oxford University and an expert on ancient Macedonia, says the existing scholarship suggests the tomb might belong to a top admiral in Alexander’s empire-expanding Macedonian army, someone such as Nearchus, Alexander’s best friend since childhood.
In Plutarch’s Life of Alexander, another important friend of Alexander’s — Demaratus of Corinth — was honored with an individual grave mound over his burial site that is comparable in size to the one at Amphipolis, Lane Fox says.