Archaeological News

            The latest news in archaeology.       

    

counter for tumblr
Posts tagged "tomb"

CAIRO - An Italian-Spanish archeological team on Friday prepared to launch a dig in an extraordinary tomb whose discovery was announced six months ago.

The tomb belongs to Min, an important government officer of the XVIII dynasty, an era ruled by pharaohs such as Tutankhamun and the “heretic” pharaoh Akhenaten, who established a sun cult dedicated to the sun disk Aten, among others. The tomb dacks back 3,500 years and is found on the western side of Luxor, in the necropolis of Thebes. “It will take 10 years of work to open it to the public,” explained the Italian and Spanish project leaders, Irene Morfini and Mila Alvarez Sosa. The two, young passionate archeologists head the Min Project, an excavation of the tomb of Min (TT109) and its extension Kampp-327. Read more.

The archaeologist leading the dig at the much-discussed ancient tomb of Amphipolis in Serres, northern Greece, on Thursday laid to rest speculation that it may contain the remains of Alexander the Great.

“I hope that by Christmas, if not earlier, we will have some news,” Katerina Peristeri told Melbourne-based Greek community newspaper Neos Kosmos.

She added that the majestic tomb on Kasta Hill cannot possibly contain the remains of the great Macedonian general (325-300 BC), as it dates to after his death, in the latter quarter of the 4th century BC.

“We don’t know what else is in there, but such a monument has never been discovered before on a global scale,” Peristeri said. “We are making new astonishing and stirring discoveries every day,” she said as archaeologists explore two large chambers and clear the way for entry into a third. (source)

image

A new doorway discovered inside the ancient tomb at Amphipolis is considered to be a possible fourth entry to the tomb. The entrance was discovered after random checking in specific points of the north wall of the 3rd chamber and is considered a critical discovery.

This new finding reveals two major differences from the earlier findings. Firstly, this new entry is smaller in width than the earlier ones. Secondly, the new entry appears different to the other entrances in the relevant photos released by the Ministry of Culture in that it is shifted towards the left and not in the center of the fourth wall.

The distance between the two Caryatid statues and the sphinx guards are twice the size in width as they are 1.68 meters apart, compared to this new opening that is 0.96 meters wide and 1.68 meters high. This new finding confirms lead archaeologist Katerina Peristeri’s inference that the road to the main burial chamber will be a long one. Read more.

New revelations regarding the ancient tomb of Amphipolis have everyone on the edge of their seats. The Greek Culture Ministry has finally released full-body photographs of the two caryatids “guarding” the tomb.

After removing three rows of limestone which had been used to seal the wall, archaeologists were able to fully uncover the two caryatids reaching a height of 2.27 meters. They statues are dressed in long chitons and long fringed dresses with folds.

They are also wearing sandals, decorated with red and yellow color, while their toes have been sculpted with great detail.

Read more.

A high-ranking Ministry of Culture official told Greek news sources that the archaeologists who are currently clearing out the dirt from the third chamber in the Amphipolis tomb believe that a fourth chamber may exist.

Meanwhile, the head of the excavation Katerina Peristeri told journalists that based on the findings so far, she believes the enigmatic tomb definitely dates back to the last quarter of the 4th century B.C. Mrs. Peristeri complained about colleagues who appear in the media claiming that the tomb may have been constructed in the Roman era.

“The tomb is Macedonian. We have all the proof for that.” said Mrs. Peristeri. “It’s futile for some people to say that it is Roman. I feel indignation against some colleagues of mine that speak to the TV channels, just for 5 minutes on prime time TV without knowing anything about the excavation.” (source)

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.

image

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.