By Spiros Sideris – Athens
The marble head of the Sphinx, which is located on the east side of the entrance of the burial monument of Amphipolis, was discovered by archaeologists during yesterday’s excavations in the tomb of Kasta in Amphipolis.
According to the official information of the Culture ministry, the head is intact with a minimal breakage of nose, has a height of 0.60 m, while it is identified as belonging to the torso of the Eastern Sphinx, where it was inlaid.
“It turns towards the entrance and bear pole. At the bottom of the neck survives undamaged the section of the bearing at the point of the insertion with its torso. She has wavy locks, bearing traces of red color, which fall in the left shoulder, and are held by a thin cord. It is a sculpture of magnificent art. Fragments of the wings of the Sphinxes were also found, according to the official announcement of the ministry of Culture, which adds:
“Today, a trial trench (2x2m) was attempted, at the entrance of the fourth chamber and at a depth of 0.45m. In front of the entrance, in this area are revealed two sections of the western wing of the door, which are sealed together. The dimensions of the first are 0,89×1,49×0,15 and of the second 0,89×1,30×0,15.
The northern part of the marble threshold was also uncovered, which has a total length 2,15m width of 1.6m and a thickness of 0.25m. It bears convex recesses for the insertion of metal rails that facilitate the movement of the marble doors. As was determined from this incision, at this point of the tomb there was limestone flooring, bearing white coating. On either side of the threshold identified, in situ, the limestones of the floor. On the east side of the incision, the floor appears to have collapsed, while to the west the floor is damaged and its stones have fallen in the interior of the scission”.
Over the next few days will follow the removal of fallen limestone slabs from within the third chamber, as well as the parts of the door, is stated in the communication. At the same time, the props will be reinforced, in order to allow the continuation of excavation in the remaining area of the third chamber.