Archaeologists have resumed digging at the site of ancient Amphipolis, stepping up their efforts to solve the puzzle of the Sphinxes and an Alexander the Great-era tomb.
A large number of tourists visited the area throughout the weekend to observe the archaeological finds. The Amphipolis Museum posted a record high in visitors who wanted to see the exhibits while visitors were also able to observe from a distance the site of the excavations with the aid of special telescopic lens, the Athens News Agency )(ANA-MPA) reported.
The work has garnered world attention with the visit there of Prime Minister Antonis Samaras who said it could yield a major historic find.
Work was suspended at the large site with its newly-discovered monumental wall protecting a tomb dated to the fourth century BC, because of the long weekend of Dormition Day but picked up again on Aug. 18.
The entrance of the tomb is a stone-built archway under which two broken Sphinxes have been found. The excavation team is led by archaeologist Katerina Peristeri who by her collaborating architect Michalis Lefadzis, who told ANA-MPA that “the Ministry of Culture (the official agency) will provide further briefings on excavation developments.”
Lefadzis said that “news will be coming very soon,” and denied rumors that the divulging of information related to “what lies behind the Sphinxes is timed to coincide with the opening of the International Thessaloniki Fair,” on September 6 to benefit Samaras.