New monument believed to be below Amphipolis Tomb complex

24 November 2016
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Archaeologists believe they night have detected a second monument at the Casta Hill in Amphipolis, in the Macedonian tomb complex, after the results of geophysical prospecting, carried out by the Applied Geophysics Lab of the Aristotle University of Macedonia, revealed a structure two meters deep on the west side of the hill. The director of the Lab, professor Grigoris Tsokas said that “targets” had been detected west of the monument that warranted a closer examination.

“We have the distribution of resistance in a 3-dimensional depiction, and we can see that there is something there. We are speculating that is a second monument, a lot smaller (than the one already found), at a depth of about two metres, which must be explored”, he stressed. Tsokas added that there had been a full geophysical prospecting of the Casta Hill where a buried valley had been found. “The geophysical study of Casta was assigned to our Lab in 2014 and the University fully funded the project. We have already explored the hill and are processing the data collected, a difficult task due to the sheer volume, while there have been findings that warrant archaeological certification, which is why we are trying to find funds to continue”, the professor underlined. He added that a piece of coal find unearthed at the foundations of the monument revealed the monument was dated to around 300BC.

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