Who's buried there?
No idea. We won't be certain until the archaeologists can get in, and it very rarely says "X was buried here" in Macedonian tombs - for example at Vergina tombs the identifications are educated deduction.
Could Olympias have been buried at Amphipolis?
Anything is possible, but this is unlikely as there are inscriptions which say she was buried near Pydna.
Is it the tomb of a man?
This late Hellenistic tomb at Suweida is known from its inscription to have belonged to a woman named Hamrath.
The woman buried in the anti-chamber of Tomb II at Vergina was buried with armour, and may have been a warrior. Several of Phillip II's wives and female descendents are well attested as warriors.
I'll blog about these soon. Ignore the chauvinists!
Macedonian queens seem to have been buried with thrones, but Macedonian rulers were polygamous and had multiple wives; taking a second wife did not imply divorcing the first one, as with the Romans. Often for reasons of status one wife was more important and thus the queen, but this does not mean that the other wives were mistresses or concubines.
Is the dating correct?
Yes. There is extremely good evidence for the date, which is more or less written in stone, if you'll forgive the pun. The archaeologists know what they are doing, and have been working with solid evidence not photos in the press.
Polygamy, Prostitutes and Death: The Hellenistic Dynasties, Cardiff 2010: available in libraries, Amazon UK, Amazon US etc.
Philip's wives and Alexander's sisters, etc, I'll cover in a post soon.
Was the tomb looted?
Again we have to wait and see. The destruction of the superstructure may or may not be contemporary to the filling in of the tomb. Sculpture parts were found in an ancient context not a modern loot context, which dates their damage to antiquity.
The 'hole' shown as 'proof' of modern looting is ... well, the block that fits the hole clearly fell outwards ... so unless the chap buried was resurrected, and pushed it on his way out ... claims that the tomb was recently looted are scaremongering.
I'd say by people jealous of the amazing archaeologists that found this tomb. The Lion Tomb at Amphipolis is this century's Tomb of Tutankhamun, so there are a lot of odd claims being made about it by people envious of the team.
a) any mistakes are my own - so blame me, not the brilliant excavators.
b) I do think it's simply the most amazing discovery of my lifetime, and if I could have described to someone what I wanted them to find, it would be this. I am so thrilled to see how enthusiastic people in Greece are about it, and that's why I'm trying to explain the finds - there's a lot of back-stabbing in academia, and I can't tell you how happy it makes me to see people genuinely thrilled and interested in archaeology.
but most importantly
c) whilst I am happy to explain the finds in blog posts, please remember that it is the amazing team working on the site - they know all this 'stuff' I'm blogging, and they will do a wonderful publication in due course, just as they have done some amazing presentations. I know several of them, and I have a very low threshold for mediocrity so believe me that they are very very good at their jobs.
d) but at the moment they are very busy doing the actual digging, in almost ridiculously unheard of pressure conditions - conditions I would not dig under - and you have to give them time to analyse the data and finds.
e) please don't send me emails about finds not out in the press releases - if I wanted to know, I could ask them, and I don't want to blog anything they are not ready for people to know.