The Asia Minor Catastrophe brought Manolis Andronikos to Thessaloniki. He studied at the School of Philosophy at the Aristotle University. He served in the army during WWII, in the Middle East front. As an archaeologist, he worked in many excavation sites in Veroia, Naoussa, Kilkis, Halkidiki, and Thessaloniki. Still, he made his mark in history for the excavation at Vergina, where he discovered the unlooted Macedonian tomb II in the Great Tomb, alleged to be Philip’s II of Macedonia.