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).

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