Architectural elements emerge at Amphipolis tomb


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Most of the earth around the two sphinxes found under an apse at the Kasta Tumulus in Amphipolis has been removed, the Culture ministry announced on Thursday, revealing the upper register of a marble lintel with frescoes under the base of the sphinxes.

Architectural elements emerge at Amphipolis tomb
Architectural elements emerge at Amphipolis tomb
Architectural elements emerge at Amphipolis tomb
Below the base of the Sphinxes, the upper portion of the marble doorway, covered with
 a fresco imitating an Ionic architrave is decorated with red, blue and black colours 
[Credit: Press Office Ministry of Culture and Sport]

The lintel mimics an Ionic lintel (epistyle) in paint, including the
colours red, blue and black. It rests on two Ionic capitals, also
painted with the same colours, crowning the pillasters that form the
door frame.

The archaeological service is continuing the removal of the earth around the apse and the stones of the protecting wall below it, while Friday’s work will include stabilising Thursday’s findings.

Earlier on Thursday, Culture Minister Constantinos Tasoulas confirmed that parts of the wings of the sphinxes were found, adding that the excavation works continue and may take two weeks or more before drawing definite conclusions.

Source: ANA-MPA [August 21, 2014]



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