Official announcement (31-8-14)

The excavation work is continuing on the Hill Kasta, in Amphipolis, by CAY Ephorate of prehistoric and classical Antiquities. With the removal of soil from the vestibule, in the space behind the wall of Sphinxes, marmarothetimenoy flooring Department revealed, with white, small irregular pieces of marble, on a red background, surviving in extremely good condition. (foto 1,2). On the eve of the first wall of septal Sphinxes, identified on the fresco which covered, traces of blue paint. (foto 3).

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It Was Found, also, that in all three places , After the wall sealing, There is a loose Sandy backfill, as the maximum height of the dome. The three spaces, created by the construction of transverse wall diafragmatikwn, along the canopy, It seems that katachwthikan when sealing funerary monument. The walls, partly, work and retaining elements of destruction relaxer. So the gap in the outer wall and sealing the holes the next SEPTA, that might have come from removing stones or by not positioning the stones, It seems that is part of the sealing plan Tomb. (foto 4)

The finding, until today, existence of three rooms, along the canopy, is another special feature of the monument, which revealed to the Hill Kasta.

The first phrenic wall, After entering, has been revealed only as the Ionic architrave, which is decorated with relief rosettes oktafylloys. In the extreme eastern part of the upper part of a marble epistyle appeared lateral parastados. (foto 5). Also, It was found that it lacks the extreme western part of an epistyle, like this super stones. As we have already mentioned- Bulletin of August 25th-on the septal wall there will be admission, which leads to the second area of the monument. The input format will be revealed after the removal of soils, during the next few days.

Technical work

At The Same Time, the progress of research of excavation, evolve, with apace, the completion of construction of infrastructure as well as the armor of the monument and the General area of, from unexpected weather.

To protect the monument from the rain, Apart from the construction of the roof, which was completed, (foto 6) started regional of the monument, the formation of runoff rainwater pipelines.

For the removal of loose sand destruction necessitated structural and geotechnical study which includes:

  1. Complete boxing of bulkheads with wood elements.
  2. Configuring "batteries", in heavy duty working scaffold, which allow the restore of the dome, (foto 7) creating proper vestibule and smooth access from space to space, as well as the safe implementation of apochwmatisis of premises. (foto 8).
  3. The strong second septal area bracing for strong impulses from the earths next space.

4. Input external bracing of the Sphinxes, for the safety of the diaphragm and seating data antistiriktikwn, that may be required, during the progress of the excavation work. (foto 9,10).

Official announcement (25-8-14)

The excavation work is continuing on the CAY Ephorate of prehistoric and classical antiquities in Tumulus Kasta, in Amphipolis. Continued removal of lithoplinthwn from the wall sealing and revealed almost the entire facade funerary monument, that is a highly original composition for the corresponding type of architecture of the Macedonian Tomb, the last quarter of 4 century BC. (Photo 1)

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The façade has a decor that is no different from the side walls, with fresco that mimics the wider marble precinct. The maximum opening between the pilasters is 1, 67 m. The typology indicates that there were no Leafs but it is simple open entry. (Photo 2)

Also, with the continued removal of soils, inside of the antechamber, appeared under the marble Ionic architrave, nested marble lining, from uprights, throughout the length of the side walls. (Photo 3, 4 ) At a distance of 6 m. from the opening of the entrance was revealed the upper marble septal wall, inadequate during part left part of (Photo 5). Behind him are two more spaces.

On the septal wall revealed, also, marble epistyle with cornice, similar corresponding in the same enclosure. Bear decor with relief rosettes oktafylloys, at the height of an epistyle of lateral walls (Photo 6).

On the septal wall are expected to, there is a second entrance that leads to the inside of the monument. The soils of the space created behind the door, will be removed in the next few days, If the allow mounting and maintenance tasks in points, they have revealed

Official announcement (24-8-14)

The excavation work is continuing in the Tumulus Kasta of Amphipolis, by CAY Ephorate of prehistoric and classical Antiquities, for uncovering the funerary monument. Removed ten lithoplinthoi, they were the seventh and eighth series, the wall sealing. There are three rows to deconstruction of all eleven structures found. So, revealed the continued input of the monument's facade, with decoration, similar to that of side walls. I.e., white-colored fresco, extremely elaborate, that mimics the marble courtyard. (foto 1).

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At The Same Time, revealed, under the capitals, marble pilasters of thyrwmatos, which overlap, also, from white fresco. (foto 2). The partial removal of soils, located behind the entrance, revealed the rear entry, very elaborate, facing the. On the fresco of epistyles of traces of red and black color. The side and rear view of Ionian epikranwn of Antis, that overlap by fresco, It is epizwgrafismenes with the same colors. (foto 3, 4).

Have begun to emerge and the side walls of the antechamber. Marble Thassos is pot and decorated in their upper part with an ionic architrave, on wavelet transform whose traces black and red color. (foto 5).

In addition to the excavation work, mounting and maintenance operations are made of decor, as soon as it comes to light, from skilled conservators.

Official announcement (21-8-14)

Continuing the excavation work at the Tomb, in the Tumulus Kasta from ZB Ephorate of prehistoric and classical Antiquities, in Amphipolis. Today, evacuated, with extreme caution, soils which were in the air and behind the statues of Sphinxes, in depth about, two measures , and in width proportional to the input of the Tomb, i.e. 4.50 m. I So, proceeded, the largest portion of the dome's eswrrachioy's apochwmatwsi.

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At The Same Time, continued removal of five lithoplinthwn , from the sixth row of the wall sealing, with the help of instrument engineering . After their removal, It was revealed under the basis of Sphinxes, the upper section of the marble thyrwmatos.
Covered with fresco fragment in imitation of ionic. Bear decorating with red, Blue and black color. Immediately, below the Ionic architrave, uncovered two Ionic capitals of the Antis of port, also overlapped with fresco and epizwgrafismena with the same colors. The work will continue tomorrow with priority the strengthening and maintenance of current findings.

Official announcement (18-8-14)

The excavation in the tumulus Kasta in Amphipolis evolves in accordance with scientific ethics.

Already today started the preparatory work for the safe transfer of protective wall stones. Publications on duty of two marble Sphinxes are not true.

The Ministry of culture of today will regularly inform the public about the course of the excavation.