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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 large tomb of China’s first emperor Qin Shi Huang’s grandma has been unearthed in a university campus of northwest China’s Shaanxi province.

The tomb, situated on the new campus of Xi’an University of Finance and Economics in the southwest suburb of the city, covers 260 mu (173, 325 sq meters) and is 550 meters in length and 310 meters in width.

Archeologists have excavated two carriages pulled by six horses each from the tomb, a symbol of high rank to equal that of the emperor, which has confirmed former estimations that Qin Shi Huang’s grandmother was buried here. 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.

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)

A wealth of new discoveries is gradually being uncovered as the excavation of the Ancient Amphipolis tomb continues. The Ministry of Culture and Sports issued an announcement accompanied by new photos on Sunday.

One of the latest discoveries revealed by the archaeologists’ trowels is a floor section made of irregular pieces of white marble on red background. The floor section is in excellent condition and is located in the antechamber behind the wall with the two sphinxes. The remains of a fresco with traces of blue coloring were also found on the first diaphragmatic wall behind the sphinxes. Read more.