The magical journey of excavation of Amphipolis
Why Dimitris Lazaridis had years understand that stunner is hiding in the vicinity. What report minutes of the archaeological society. (PHOTOS)
The magical journey of excavation of Amphipolis
26.04.1956: "They started systematic excavations in Amphipolis in’ a large cemetery to protect the area from illegal excavations. I took the decision to begin, Despite the weaknesses, to save the amazing number of kterismatwn».

So the archaeologist Dimitris Lazaridis describes the need to start excavations in Amphipolis and protect the region from the archaeological society, in order to qualify directly then, archaeological site.

The, with the help of practices the archaeological society, make a tour through the history of the great excavation.

The late archaeologist from Kavala, He first came to the area before 58 years, to start the excavation work. He believed from the outset that the Hill Kasta hides something unique.

"The space is vast. Only the precinct of the wall has a length of 7.500 m. and encloses a large area…», He noted in his diary.

"After the investigation of the cemetery, I proceeded to the research of the city. I have tried a multitude of test sections in the smooth expanse of Amphipolis, where there were the early Christian basilicas.

These investigations were fruitless. However believed that there ought to be the most important area of the city and perhaps the Market.

His conviction have strengthened the fact that older residents of the village called this place Survives and that here revealed, When plowed, remarkable random finds, such as inscriptions and statues.

This town, that was a colony of Athens in the time of Pericles, i.e. the era of great prosperity of Athens, the Lazaridis were that it was a large cosmopolitan Center and that there were local jewellery workshops, sculptures, pottery.

"But, though, the most remarkable building was the Temple of early Christian times revealed unto Bezesteni and position within the field of Joseph Efthymiadis, East of apokalyftheisis in the year 1961 Colonnade...

Within the community of Amphipolis, the rear of the House of George Papadopoulos, at the opening of the foundations for the construction of the Church of the village, It was found to be conserved in the yparxis rectangle of soft rock...

Diapistwthi so that it is the tomb of laxeytoy so-called Macedonian Burial, diapistwthei oyd΄ were no bones….».

It says Lazarides on record of the archaeological society at the 1964, Noting that archeological tombs there were, but it was empty.

At that time, the excavations were made with scant technical resources, While the funds were restricted. So, for a while, turned elsewhere of Amphipolis which revealed significant findings.

1982. Fri’ all these, has never given up the Hill Kasta. He returned a few years later and tried new sections this time from the top, where brought to light a complex classical times, in which it is a CIST Tomb.

Of particular interest is the Hellenistic residence (2century. p. CH.), that revealed the 1982 Dimitris Lazaridis (Southwest of Paleochristian basilicas) with two large rooms.

A large part of the estimated that was destroyed during the opening of a rural road.

West of the Citadel found, the 1983, Roman wall and the southwest portion of a Roman villa and a Roman building complex.

The first basilica revealed Professor F. Pelekidis the 1918.

However, lazarides has brought to light the first excavation data from other 3 Royal, While he revealed and an early Christian church recorded in circle Octagon.

The path in the area of the necropolis no longer leads to the famous monument, known as the "Lion of Amphipolis» (4century. p. X. ). Accidentally discovered by Greek soldiers in 1912…

In tribute of the Ministry of culture «Amfipolis», the Kavalliotis archaeologist writes, among the other, for the monument:

"The lion is not only a work of art, charged with the dimensions and strength of the. Not only is the performance of anatomical details that make an impression. Apart from these there is a symbolism in plastic work».

Southeast of the Hellenistic residence mentioned above, a path leads to the high school, the first major public building, that came to light the 1982.

After the death of the initiator of the investigations, his daughter, Calliope Lazaridi continued the excavation. Has a tank system, the way scratch, the remission for the start of the athletes inside the Scratchcards, as well as the street parallel to the scratch release.

THE D. Lazaridis in the guide they wrote notes that "the building of the high school should be founded in the Hellenistic period. Maybe though and at the end of the classical era… After extensions and additions acted as the early imperial times, so must be destroyed by fire…».

29.4.1985. Accompanied by handwritten note, himself through the Hospital where she was hospitalized gravely ill formulates its proposals for recovery and enhancement of the archaeological site of the region.

"I do everything, What do I to become an hour faster well, to devote all my strength to Amphipolis, where we will have a lot of good work».

«I», continued, "from the bed I tread, I hardly ever write on a multitude of topics, to see it completed an attempt 30 at least times and to our village one has better luck».

«M Let's say that the tomb is notable because he differs from others ', stated a few months ago, in the Realnews the close collaborator close associate and friend of Alexander f.. Kochliaridis, to add:

"The size of the construction as it seemed from the volume of soils, He believes that here had buried someone “large” male».

"He believed that here was buried the young Alexander and his mother Roxane. This supported the historical events that say, that Kassandros, fearing the wrath of Filippaioi, I love the little Alexander, did a magnificent tomb and buried with Royal honors, While Alexander the great believed that he was buried in Alexandria "pointed.

1985. The investigations on the Hill were continued by the archaeologist Kasta Chaidw Coucoulis, which he found other graves of the same era.

However, the Archaeological Museum of Amphipolis, work of Argyris Bakirtzis, It was his earnest wish Dimitris Lazaridis and his main concern. I managed to see it ready… Inaugurated the 1995.

2009. Katerina Peristeri assumes the position of head of KI΄ Conservancy prehistoric and classical Antiquities at Serres and immediately begins work in the area of excavation.

2012. The archaeologist brings to light the magnificent grounds of the mound, vindicating the d. Lazaridis and let's not himself went to see the excavation in Kasta Hill to fall today as… Rolex, only currency among the immense riches of our cultural heritage.


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