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Amphipolis: Archaeologists are before great discovery

Amphipolis: Archaeologists are before great discovery

Faced with a major discovery, are now the archaeologists of the country, who after years of excavation in the Tomb of Kasta in ancient Amphipolis, identified the entrance of the tomb.

The enclosure of the burial monument has a total length of 497 meters. The wall that surrounds it is three meters high. The grave yard is dating to the last quarter of the 4th century BC

According to estimates there is a high probability that these are the graves of Roxanne and her son, Alexander the Great.

The material that was found is Thassos marble, and were also found traces of large special crane, wood, iron and lead, which seems to have contributed to the installation of marble which derived from Aliki in Thassos. According to archaeologists, a large part of the enclosure might have been dismantled in Roman times, because many marble architectural structures are not in place.

Archaeologists, trying to locate these structures were led in the area where stands the Lion of Amphipolis, where some of the lost structures of the precinct were found either scattered or embedded at the base of the Lion. It should be noted here that both the chronology of cemeteries and the Lion, match (last quarter of the 4th century BC.).

According, however, to information aquired with difficulty, the tomb may be undisturbed. It will certainly need a lot of attention in the further excavations to avoid jeopardizing the structure during the excavation. So it is not known when they will have more excavation (especially reportable) results.
Under thestival.gr, the head of the KH Ephorate of Prehistoric and Classical Antiquities, Katerina Peristeri, constantly informs the leadership of the Ministry of Culture for the course of the excavation.

She had informed the Prime Minister, Antonis Samaras for the developments, who on Tuesday visited the area with his wife.
The area in the last 24-hours is guarded by a strong police force.