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Archaeologists entering the third chamber of the ancient tomb at Amphipolis are facing problems with detachments such as around the marble pillars where a visible portion of the vertical walls have detached parts, according to the Ministry of Culture. The detached parchments are believed to be the result of immense pressure to the area, possibly due to the tall embankments on the side of the dome.

The arch dome of the tomb is on the verge of collapse and archaeologists are proceeding slowly.

The Ministry of Culture and Sports press release said that members of the scientific team entered the third chamber from the existing hole in the wall of the third sealing wall in order to document and determine the structural condition inside so as to take the necessary support measures. Read more.


Archaeologists working at the site of Amphipolis, northern Greece, on Friday gained access to the third chamber of the massive tomb.

The site workers entered the chamber after removing a large volume of earth behind a wall bearing the two sculpted female figures, or caryatids, that were uncovered over the weekend.

According to a Culture Ministry statement issued on Thursday, the statues are of “exceptional artistic quality.”

In comments to reporters on Friday, the ministry’s general secretary Lina Mendoni

described Greece’s “cultural reserves” as “a massive power” for the country. (source)

The new discoveries from the tomb of Amphipolis in Greece, that keep coming to light, have caused admiration across the world.

Photos released by the Greek Culture Ministry on Thursday show that the archaeologists have revealed the whole body of the two Caryatids that were unearthed on Saturday.

The Caryatids were “buried” in the ground between the septal wall and the tomb’s sealing. The face of the eastern Caryatid was found in the ground during excavations and will be attributed to the statue.

On Thursday, the first wall, sealing the front of the Caryatids, was removed, revealing the continuity of the two sculptures’ robes. Read more.

A relative of Alexander the Great may lie in the 2,300-year-old burial site.

Fans of ancient history are laying bets on who was buried in the dark heart of a massive marble-walled tomb that is slowly coming to light in northern Greece.

Dating to the tumultuous years surrounding the death of Alexander the Great, between about 325 and 300 B.C., the tomb is the largest ever found in northern Greece—a resting place monumental enough for royalty.

Located some 65 miles north of the Greek city of Thessaloniki, the burial borders the ancient Aegean port of Amfípoli, which once served as the base for the fleet that Alexander the Great took on his invasion of Asia. Read more.


The magnificent tomb of Amphipolis, Greece, continues to fascinate the entire world. Ever since the first images that came to “light” about a month ago, the monumental burial site was enough to provoke astonishment.

This was only the beginning and it definitely hinted that something “big” was hidden there, creating not only admiration, but curiosity as well as increased expectations.

Several days after the initial discovery, archaeological excavations have brought several findings of unique beauty to the surface, such as two sphinxes that guarded the tomb’s entrance and two amazing Caryatids, with open arms, which also hints that this ancient monument is of unique importance.

The Greek Culture Ministry released its first design, a representation of the tomb, as depicted by the Ministry’s architect Michalis Lefantzis. Read more.

An international team of archaeologists plans to return this month to the site of an ancient shipwreck off a Greek island. This time, they will have the aid of an advanced diving suit that will give them much more time to probe for new artifacts.

Part robot and part submarine, the lightweight suit, called the Exosuit, is intended to allow a diver to work for long periods at depths of more than 1,000 feet, avoiding time-consuming decompression periods. The suit provides a diver with freedom of movement because of a propulsion system and from an unusual set of rotating joints developed by Phil Nuytten, an explorer and diving technology specialist. Read more.

Two caryatids (sculpted female figures) of exceptional artistic value were unearthed on Saturday during excavations by archaeologists in Ancient Amphipolis Kasta tomb, northern Greece, it was announced on Sunday, with specialists noting that the new findings further support the view that the monument is of major importance.

According to a culture ministry announcement, the face of the western caryatid is saved almost intact whereas the face of the eastern caryatid is missing. Their positioning is such to symbolically prevent entry to the tomb, while the technique used is the same with the two sphinxes’ already found during the excavations. On the figures were found traces of red and blue color referring to Kore female statues. (source)

Archaeologists seeking traces of what could be Europe’s oldest settlement in waters off southern Greece say they have located promising indications of human activity and sections of a deep-sunken prehistoric coastline.

Greece’s Culture Ministry said Friday the Swiss-Greek mission plans an undersea excavation in coming years in areas pinpointed during an initial survey last month.

Archaeologists hope the investigation off the seaside Franchthi Cave, an important prehistoric site, will help show how the first farming communities spread through Europe in Neolithic times about 9,000 years ago.

While very early stone tools, pottery and ornaments were found in the cave, where they were made, remains a mystery and the Swiss-Greek team believes the site lies underwater. (source)