Greek archaeologists track elements of the famous Amphipolis tomb worldwide

The impressive Macedonian era tomb at Amphipolis was discovered and explored in 2014, receiving worldwide media coverage due to its potential connection with the family of Alexander the Great. Now Greek archaeologists tracked 11 sections of marble statues from the tomb in various museums worldwide. 

Entrance to the Amphipolis tomb (by Greek Reporter)
Entrance to the Amphipolis tomb (by Greek Reporter)

Archaeologist involved in the excavation of the tomb, Michalis Lefantzis, states that it was possible to track at least 11 marble sculptures originating from the Amphipolis tomb in three museums across the world. These museum include the Louvre in Paris, the Getty in Los Angeles and the Istanbul Museum.

Painting from the burial chamber of a winged woman between an urn and a tripod (by Greek Reporter)
Painting from the burial chamber of a winged woman between an urn and a tripod (by Greek Reporter)

The archaeologists in his latest research shows that the exterior of the burial complex at the 200-meter diameter and 33-meter high hill was impressive and contained numerous external features. One of them is the marble lion laying on top of the Casta hill, where the tomb is located. Parts of the marble items used in the monument were transported in the 19th-century, stripping the monument, and creating a puzzle whose pieces are scattered across the globe.

Capital of a pilaster beneath the sphinxes covered with ancient paint (by Greek Reporter)
Capital of a pilaster beneath the sphinxes covered with ancient paint (by Greek Reporter)

According to the archaeologist the architectural data of the monument shows that the tomb may originally have been used as a place where heroes were worshipped in honour of a high-ranking Macedonian officer and as an oracle where ritualistic practices were aimed at fortune-telling.

(after Greek Reporter)

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