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Excavation Continues at Massive Hellenistic Tomb

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

sphinx-amphipolis-hellenistic-grave-macedonianAMPHIPOLIS, GREECE—Archaeologists excavating the enormous tomb at Amphipolis have decided not to remove the two sphinxes guarding the entrance, reports Ekathemerini. The winged lions, which weigh nearly 1.5 tons each, will remain in situ as the archaeologists work to gain access to the tomb’s interior. A black and white geometric mosaic will also be left in place while excavation and stabilization work continues in the hopes that the tomb can soon be entered safely as there is significant risk of collapse once the tomb is opened. For more on the discovery read ARCHAEOLOGY's "Massive Hellenistic Tomb Discovered in Northern Greece."