Large mosaic uncovered at Amphipolis Tomb

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Archaeologists digging through a vast ancient tomb in Amphipolis in northern Greece have uncovered a floor mosaic that covers the whole area of a room seen as the antechamber to the main burial ground.

Large mosaic uncovered at Amphipolis Tomb
Large mosaic uncovered at Amphipolis Tomb
Large mosaic uncovered at Amphipolis Tomb
Large mosaic uncovered at Amphipolis Tomb
The main scene depicts a chariot in motion, drawn by two white horses, which is driven 
by a bearded man with a laurel wreath on his head. In front of the chariot is the god Hermes 
as psychopomp conducting the soul of the deceased, wearing a petasos or ‘sun-hat’, cloak
 and winged sandals and holding caduceus [Credit: Greek Ministry of Culture]

The mosaic, 3 metres (10 feet) long and 4.5 metres (15 feet) wide, depicts a horseman with a laurel wreath driving a chariot drawn by two horses and preceded by the god Hermes. According to the ministry of culture announcement made Sunday, Hermes is depicted here as the conductor of souls to the afterlife.

Large mosaic uncovered at Amphipolis Tomb
Large mosaic uncovered at Amphipolis Tomb
A limestone threshold covered with white plaster was revealed at the southern 
section of the mosaic floor, up to and between the bases of the Caryatids 
[Credit: Greek Ministry of Culture]

The mosaic is made up of pebbles in many colors: white, black, gray, blue, red and yellow. A circular part, near the center of the mosaic, is missing, but authorities say enough fragments have been found to reconstruct a large part.

The mosaic is dated along with the tomb to the last quarter of the 4th century BC.

Source: Associated Press [October 12, 2014]

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