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Amphipolis Caryatids entirely revealed

21 September 2014 / 23:09:48  GRReporter
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By removing three rows of the limestone wall caryatids that are 2.27 meters high have been entirely uncovered in front of the second partition wall. They are dressed in long coats and robes with fringes and rich folds. They wear sandals with high platforms that are decorated in red and yellow colours, their toes have been sculpted in great detail.

They stand on 1.33 m long and 0.68 m wide marble pedestals of which about 0.30 m are revealed at the moment. They follow the style of marble wall covering used in all compartments. The distance between the two pedestals is 1.68 m, as is the opening of the first partition wall with the sphinxes. The surface of the red coloured pedestal supporting the east Caryatid  is clearly visible. Parts of the Caryatids’ hands and arms have also been discovered.

In the third room samples have been collected by manual drilling in pre-selected locations. Thus the marble door was discovered using an opening of 0.96 m in the north wall. The air content behind the door has been measured and tests show that the oxygen and carbon monoxide content is normal.

Only relative humidity (87%) is increased, with the temperature varying from 21.5 to 22.7 degrees. The microclimate conditions in the third room do not pose a problem for those working inside. Finally, archaeologists have found a door in the fourth partition wall, which leads them to believe that the tomb has a fourth passage.

Tags: tomb Amphipolis archaeological excavations caryatids
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