Normally I wouldn’t give something like this the time of day, but a) it just caused me to spew coffee on my scree and b) it’s so incredibly bizarre I can’t resist. From Focus-Fen (whose credibility just took another hit):

It is believed that the tomb of Alexander the Great and the Ark of the Covenant have been found on the Greek Island of Thasos, announced Russian Grekomania.ru, which is information partner of the Greek Minister of Culture and Tourism.

Head of the research group Pitia Nikolaos Kumardzis announced that the findings emerged during amateur excavations. According to him, some unexpected results were reported during the excavations on Thasos Island.

Greek researchers are convinced that the findings really are the tomb of Alexander the Great and the Ark of the Covenant.

A search for the name Pitia Nikolaos Kumardzis brought up more stuff from Focus Fen (back on October 31) that didn’t lead anywhere. I also can’t find (via Google translate) any mention of this on the Russian site referenced above. Other than that, it appears the Thassos theory for Alexander, at least, has been around for a while, cf., e.g.:

… the ark of the covenant stuff is there as well. I’m assuming Cleopatra’s tomb is just down the road as well … nutty, nutty, nutty

5 thoughts on “Oh Oh! Idiot Meter Just Hit Overload!!!

  1. Tried to check this out; Pitia Nikolaos Kumardzis seems to have been invented for the purpose, – but it does lead you into a whole parallel sub-cultural universe, who seem suitably impressed by the ‘news’.
    As part-time aspiring satirist and cartoonist, it really makes my work impossible if improbability is undermining in this way, once fiction starts imitating fiction we all in a lot of trouble, and it is just not funny anymore.
    Lets hope that for the sake of narrative convention, both Alexander and the Ark both turn up under a pyramid.

  2. Hi there,

    I am Greek and it happened to know the author Nikolaos Koumartzis and his work the last 5-6 years. In the article you mention that was first written in Greek and then translated to English (from which all this “mythos” about the tomb of Alexander the Great in Thasos started) presents the allegations of a local team of amateur excavators (with quotes, graphic representations etc.) and then review their validity.
    Mr. Koumartzis clearly conclude in this article-research that those allegations are unreasonably excessive and there is a huge logical gap in excavators’ way of thinking. This is not the first time that Mr. Koumartzis traveled on the site to evaluate such allegations (he even traveled to Bosnia “Pyramid” and, obviously, demystified Osmanagić’s allegations). Those travels and research are being conducted with other members of a travel team named Pythia, which conducted research on the spot on various places in the past 5 years.
    So, you have here (http://www.metafysiko.org/index.php?module=writeit&action=read&id=43) the only research from a man that actually visit the site and validate on the spot those allegations, and his views are not in favor of the theory of “Alexander the Great’s tomb in Thasos”. Until someone else get his *** and go there to see for himself, I think this is the only valuable source published and broadly available (thanks to the Internet).

    A reader from Greece.

  3. Came back to quote Mr. Koumartzis from his article:
    “Judging from what I have seen and heard I tend to believe that there is something quite interesting in the area which deserves to be noticed and be searched further. Though I think that the claims about the tomb of Alexander the Great and the Arch of the Covenant are groundless due to the lack of evidence.
    As I usually quote: “Under each hill might be buried an “Acropolis” What matters the most is to prove that “your” hill is the one that hides the Acropolis and not the other’s. Anyhow, this case deserves to be solved eventually.”

    Anyone with a moderate sense of logic can understand from the above that the one person that visited the site demystify such exaggerated allegations.

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