The Amphipolis Tomb

The Tomb

  Amphipolis Greek Tomb Discovery: Missing Sphinx Head Discovered in Third Chamber

Amphipolis Greek Tomb Discovery: Missing Sphinx Head Discovered in Third Chamber

The world is looking for the answer to an old mystery! What or who is in the Ancient Tomb at Amphipolis Greece?

A large-scale archeological excavation is in progress in hopes of answering the old question… Who is buried in this magnificent tomb? Is it Roxanne, the wife of Alexander the Great, or is it his son, or his mother or even Alexander the Great... himself? Or is it someone else.

The Tumulus Tomb of Amphipolis lies on the hill of Kasta inside a 500-meter long surrounding wall of marble and limestone. The Marble wall is almost a perfect circle 3 meters high with a cornice of marble from the Aegean Island of Thassos. This great Tomb and the surrounding wall with its special base and unique design is likely the work of the Architect Deinokratis, who lived at the time of Alexander the Great. Deinokratis and was Alexander's chosen Architect and also a very important person in the time of Alexander.

The Entry of the Tomb is 13 steps down from the surrounding Wall. The Entry Arch contains two headless/wingless Sphinxes, amazing works of classic art. In front of the Arch and Sphinx Portal, there is a Limestone wall protecting and concealing the entire entry of this vast tomb. The design of the Entry and surrounding wall are unique to the ancient Greece world.

Originally on the top of the Tomb, there was a great Stone Lion, the Lion of Amphipolis. The Lion itself is 5.3 meters high and has a stone base that makes a total [with Lion] height of 15.84 meters. The sculpture who carved the two entry Sphinxes is the [same?] person that sculpted the colossal Lion. We usually associate a Lion with a battle, like the battle of Chaeronea or with for some great General. Since there was no battle around the time the Tomb was built, the archaeologists suggest that the person inside the Tomb could also be some great General from Alexander's time.

The fact that the Tomb is still sealed is very important because it means that it may contain items and information of great historical value and that they are still in place. Because the tomb was still sealed and filled with sand/soil, tomb raiders would not have entered far inside. Only the end of the excavation will tell the whole story of ...Who and When.

This vast Tomb, the Lion and the two Sphinxes represent amazing beauty from the ancient world and may be the guardians of the contents to one of greatest Archaeology excavations of our time.