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Sphinx head found in mystery Greek tomb

By T.K. Randall
October 25, 2014 · Comment icon 8 comments

Digital reconstruction of the tomb's interior. Image Credit: CC BY-SA 4.0 greektoys.org
Archaeologists have uncovered a number of artefacts during excavations of the enigmatic burial site.
The tomb, which is thought to date back to between 325 and 300 BC, is the largest ever uncovered at Amphipolis in Greece.

Work has been ongoing since excavations began back in August in an effort to uncover what secrets may be buried there.
So far archaeologists have discovered a number of intriguing finds including two headless sphinx statues, several carved columns, intricate mosaics and a depiction of a man driving a chariot.

This week the excavation team unearthed a carved sphinx head that is believed to be one of those missing from the two statues found earlier. Traces of pigment on the stones suggest that they were once painted red and small fragments discovered nearby indicate that they once had wings too.

It still isn't clear who is buried in the tomb but archaeologists believe it is someone of great importance. Previous suggestions that it could be Alexander the Great have since been downplayed however on the basis that the ancient king was thought to have been buried in Egypt, not Greece.

Source: Yahoo! News | Comments (8)




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Comment icon #1 Posted by In the Forest of the Night 10 years ago
Hmm, very fascinating
Comment icon #2 Posted by Yes_Man 10 years ago
Greece and Egypt had connections, not surprised
Comment icon #3 Posted by pallidin 10 years ago
I wonder what behind the wall(in the artists) depiction with the red ? I was able to read the inion. It say's... Bewarest all thoust whom might entereth. 10,000 hungry gnats awaiteth you, and oneneth royal whiteth bunny that will leapeth forth and severeth thy head.
Comment icon #4 Posted by Bouzanis K. 10 years ago
King Philip ... stealing Persephone! http://bouzanis.blog...persephone.html About burial and graves of M. Alexandrou http://bouzanis.blog...xandrou_24.html
Comment icon #5 Posted by Karasu 10 years ago
Surpisingly lazy digitial reconstruction. There's nary a corpse!
Comment icon #6 Posted by kmt_sesh 10 years ago
I wonder what behind the wall(in the artists) depiction with the red ? I was able to read the inion. It say's... Bewarest all thoust whom might entereth. 10,000 hungry gnats awaiteth you, and oneneth royal whiteth bunny that will leapeth forth and severeth thy head. Those damn ancient attack bunnies scare me silly.
Comment icon #7 Posted by kmt_sesh 10 years ago
King Philip ... stealing Persephone! http://bouzanis.blog...persephone.html About burial and graves of M. Alexandrou http://bouzanis.blog...xandrou_24.html It's unlikely the Amphipolis tomb belongs to Alexander III.
Comment icon #8 Posted by regeneratia 10 years ago
opps!


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