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Amphipolis dig shows no doorway to fourth chamber

Indications that a huge tomb being excavated in Ancient Amphipolis, northern Greece, could have a doorway leading to a fourth chamber have not been confirmed by the dig, the Culture Ministry’s general secretary Lina Mendoni said on Tuesday.

Amphipolis dig shows no doorway to fourth chamber
Restored view of the tomb's entrance by the excavation's architect M. Levantzi 
 [Credit: Greek Ministry of Culture]
Archaeologists working in the tomb’s third chamber thought a gap in the wall could lead to a fourth vault but the dig revealed a marble block had been removed from the spot, Mendoni said.

Amphipolis dig shows no doorway to fourth chamber
Revealing the mosaic in the second chamber 
[Credit: Greek Ministry of Culture]
Answering the question "How is it possible after so much luxury to have a measly floor, in the third chamber? Is it a horizontal sealing wall?” she said adding that this “is for our working hypothesis."

This means that the archaeologists may look beneath the floor of the third chamber.

Amphipolis dig shows no doorway to fourth chamber
Amphipolis dig shows no doorway to fourth chamber
Amphipolis dig shows no doorway to fourth chamber
Fragments of the recovered wings from the Sphinxes  
[Credit: Greek Ministry of Culture]
Mrs. Mendoni answered in relation to something American archaeologist Dorothy King noted about finding Greek letters on the enclosure wall.

Amphipolis dig shows no doorway to fourth chamber
Restored view of the tomb's entrance 
[Credit: Greek Ministry of Culture]
"In 2013, when the marble enclosure was discovered, the photos of which were released by archaeologists" answered Mrs. Mendoni "Mason's symbols were identified, signs that the craftsmen of the time inscribed. These are individual letters of the Greek alphabet, which suggest the dating of the monument."

Ms Mendoni also said that the tomb has clearly witnessed human intervention.

Meanwhile authorities released a video showing details of the third chamber’s intricate mosaic floor and photos of the wings of marble sphinxes found on the site. The discovery of the fragments mean the sphinxes can restored, the ministry said.

Source: Greek Ministry of Culture [October 28, 2014]

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1 comment :

  1. Let's hope that interest won't wane on this magnificent tomb-monument following the ministry's announcement. The disappointment from the way they've handled the excavation and its PR, let's pray, won't spill over to the message proper emanating from this outstanding in grandeur monument.

    It's certainly worthy spending energy and time on researching this tomb's whereabouts in both space and time, in archeology and history. All those millions of people around the World, not to mention of course the experts (archeologists and historians), let's hope will continue to study it. This marvel of art, architecture, engineering, landscaping, and city planning (given its unique and grand scale, especially when viewed in its broader context of the other monuments within the city of Amphipolis as well as Macedonia) can be the subject of rewriting many books about that era, the Golden Age of the Macedonian Region of Hellas, at the aftermath of Alexander's death in the summer of 323 BC.

    Much is to be learned from this monument, no matter its intended or actual occupant(s).


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