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Amphipolis tomb entrance gradually revealed

The archaeological excavation at Kasta Tumulus in Ancient Amphipolis continues steadily, said the Culture Ministry in an announcement on Sunday.

Amphipolis tomb entrance gradually revealed
View of the tomb's entrance [Credit: Greek Ministry of Culture]
According to the announcement "ten more stones, part of the seventh and eighth row of the sealing wall were removed with three more remaining of the eleven-row stone wall.

Amphipolis tomb entrance gradually revealed
View of one of the pilasters at the tomb's entrance 
[Credit: Greek Ministry of Culture]
The adornment of the next part of the entrance of the tomb was revealed which is the same as the decoration of the side walls. A white coloured fresco that mimics the marble enclosure".

Amphipolis tomb entrance gradually revealed
Amphipolis tomb entrance gradually revealed
Rear view of the Ionic capital of one of the pilasters and frieze
[Credit: Greek Ministry of Culture]
Meanwhile, the side walls of the antechamber covered with Thassos marble and adorned on the upper part with ionic capitals with traces of black and red colour are gradually revealed.

Source: ANA/MPA [August 24, 2014]

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  1. Several possible tracks about the grave of Amphipolis.

    The grave walled up by Persée after Pydna to protect the royal skin with high symbolic value of the occupant, would have considerably damaged by the legions of Lucius Aemilius Paullus Macedonicus, but not plundered. This hypothesis is plausible but does not explain the absence of the heads of sphinx or sphinges or griffons of the grave and originally situated behind the wall from which stones are actually removed.

    The grave would indeed have been plundered but for dark motives, its access would have later been walled up. Preventing other plunders? Because, considering its symbolic value, it was necessary to make sure that nobody could ever reach it and that it wouldn’t become the object of a cult maintaining the fervor of the Macedonian nationalism? This last interrogation could indeed go to the sense of the thesis wanting that this grave of exceptional size was initially intended for Alexander’s but never used, or used by somebody else or still used as cenotaph.

    Finally, it is enough to use Google Maps to notice that the perfect circular plan thought by Dinocrates is incomplete and that the South / Southwest part of the monument is abraded or missing. It is possible that this abrasion is due to time, but if it is due to the man, then it’s possible that looters were able to enter the monument by another artificial access.

    Tracks noticed by ancient or recent attempts of burglary confirm that the place is remarkable and that it would never have stopped drawing the attention of local populations.

  2. The missing parts were removed to support nearby riverbed at the time of building the protective wall.

  3. very good site,numerous photos,details,fantastic


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