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Fourth chamber may hold key to Amphipolis riddle

What appears to be a third doorway has been discovered at the Kasta mound at ancient Amphipolis after random checks were carried out at specific points of the north wall of the third chamber.

Fourth chamber may hold key to Amphipolis riddle
The newly discovered doorway in the third chamber of the Kasta mound at Amphipolis, 
 which seems to lead to a lower level [Credit: Protothema]
The newly discovered doorway measures only 0.96 metres in width and is therefore considerably smaller than those preceding it.

It seems quite likely that the third entrance, which is not centred in the fourth wall but is shifted towards the left, leads, possibly via a stairway, to a lower level.

Fourth chamber may hold key to Amphipolis riddle
Cross-section of the Kasta mound at Amphipolis showing the progress 
of the excavation to date [Credit: Protothema]
This new finding confirms lead archaeologist Katerina Peristeri’s inference that the road to the main burial chamber will be a long one.

Fourth chamber may hold key to Amphipolis riddle
Axonometric view of the first three chambers of the Kasta mound at Amphipolis 
[Credit: Greek Ministry of Culture]
Statements made by the Ministry of Culture are carefully worded. The fourth wall, for example, is not referred to as a “diaphragmatic” wall as in previous announcements but as the “north wall of the third area”.

Fourth chamber may hold key to Amphipolis riddle
Scaffolding used to stabilize the second chamber of the Kasta mound at Amphipolis
[Credit: Greek Ministry of Culture]
The opening or 'hole' in the upper right section of the fourth wall appears to have been dislodged by natural causes, probably a seismic event. This element is critical, as Mrs. Katerina Peristeri conviction that the tomb hasn’t been robbed seems to prevail.

Meanwhile, archaeologists are busy with the work of stabilizing and clearing the second chamber.

Source: To Vima [September 23, 2014]
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1 comment :

  1. My own hope; whoever is buried there chose to be buried with their library and letters in amphora sealed with lead or pitch. A complete Callisthenes would be a more valuable find than gold and silver treasures.

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