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Second monument believed to be buried at Amphipolis

Archaeologists believe they might have detected a second monument at the Kasta Hill tomb site in Amphipolis, after the results of a geophysical survey, carried out by the Applied Geophysics Lab of the Aristotle University of Macedonia, revealed a structure two metres deep on the west side of the hill.

Second monument believed to be buried at Amphipolis
Aerial view of the Kasta Hill tomb site in Amphipolis 
[Credit: Greek Ministry of Culture]
The director of the Lab, professor Grigoris Tsokas said that “targets” had been detected west of the monument that warranted closer examination.

“We have a three-dimensional representation and the distribution of resistance shows that there is something there. We guess there is a second monument, far smaller than the one found, that has been found at a depth of about two meters and it should be investigated,” he said.

Tsokas added the geophysical survey showed there is a buried ravine on the northeast side, which has been covered by a manmade embankment.

“The geophysical study of Kasta Hill was commissioned to our workshop in 2014 and the university has funded the research in full. We have already explored the hill and processed the data, which is difficult because of the volume, and have found some additional data. An excavation permit is needed and now we are trying to find the funds to continue” the professor stressed.

He added that a piece of coal was found in the foundations of the monument indicating that it was built around 300 BC, give or take 30 years.

Source: ANA-MPA [November 25, 2016]

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