Archaeologists have unearthed a vast ancient tomb in Greece, distinguished by two sphinxes and frescoed walls and dating to 300-325 B.C., in the country's northeast Macedonian region, the government said on Tuesday. The two sphinxes guarding the entrance of the ancient Macedonian tomb  [Credit: INTIME NEWS]

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Archaeologists at Amphipolis led by Katerina Peristeri managed to reveal the upper part of the lintel the now famous Kasta Mound sphinxes step on. As with the sphinxes, the lintel is also marble, covered in fresco imitating an Ionic architrave, which bears decoration in red, blue and black. Straight under the Ionic architrave, two Ionic pillar capitals belonging to the doorjambs, also frescoed and decorated in the same colours, have been revealed.

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Greek Statues Discovered:   ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Archaeologists inching through a large 2,300-year-old tomb in northern Greece on Thursday uncovered two marble female statues flanking the entrance to one of three underground chambers, in another sign of the unusual attention and expense lavished on the unknown person buried there.

Caryatids have been discovered at the ancient Amphipolis tomb in GreeceThe ancient caryatids are in the form of a young woman, and could be in the style of Korai Greek maiden statues(Greek Ministry of Culture)

Sphinx's head found in Amphipolis!The head was discovered whole with minimum fractures on the nose and it fits the eastern sphinx's torso,to which it was inserted.In the lower part of the throat,one can see the insertion incision.It has curly hair with traces of red,falling onto its left shoulder.It was found in a 15 cm depth inside a marble threshold.It is a sculpture of exquisite art,leaving archaeologists in awe.Fractures of the sphinx's wings have also been located in the area.

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Archaeologists Unearth Sphinx Head in Greece's Ancient Amphipolis Tomb

" And Hades seized her and took her loudly crying in his chariot down to his realm of mist and gloom" .--  Persephone shown in red hair and white tunic, wearing a thin red strip on her waist and piece of jewellery on her left hand.

" And Hades seized her and took her loudly crying in his chariot down to his realm of mist and gloom " -- The ‪abduction‬ of ‪Persephone‬ unveiled on ‪the Amphipolis‬ ‪‎tomb‬ ‪mosaic ‬( detail) , ‪Macedonia Northern Greece‬

A floral headstone was found outside the Amphipolis tomb dating back to the late 4th century B.C.

A floral headstone was found outside the Amphipolis tomb dating back to the late century B.

The beautiful blue of Amphipolis.Azurite the raw material for the magnificent blue background in the Amphipolis mosaic depicting the abduction of Persephone came from the nearby mines of Alistrati.The unknown-to-most Alistrati mines, in Serres prefecture, are a mere 20 kilometers from Amphipolis, which seem to have provided more than filling the coffers of Macedonian kings. The mineral is still visible in the Alistrati caves as part of natural formations.

The beautiful blue of Amphipolis.Azurite the raw material for the magnificent blue background in the Amphipolis mosaic depicting the abduction of Persephone came from the nearby mines of Alistrati.The unknown-to-most Alistrati mines, in Serres prefecture, are a mere 20 kilometers from Amphipolis, which seem to have provided more than filling the coffers of Macedonian kings. The mineral is still visible in the Alistrati caves as part of natural formations.

The eye of one of the horses in the mosaic depicting the abduction of Persephone could be a link between Amphipolis and Afghanistan.Attention was particularly cast on the horse’s azure blue eye so vibrant and striking meant to depict Alexander the Great’s horse, Bucephalus.Lazurite has been mined for over 6,000 years in the lapis lazuli district of Badakhshan,Afghanistan, and had been used as a pigment in painting and cloth dyeing.

This is probably Philip and his horses, adding to the conjecture that it memorial to Alexander. Stunning Mosaic Floor Uncovered in Greece's Mystery Tomb : Discovery News

Parts of the wings of the Sphinxes were discovered - Full restoration of the wings is now possible.

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Amphipolis, Macedonia Greece: Representation of the Sphinxes - Image created by Mr. Michalis Lefantzis, the Excavation Lead Architect.

Foreign media "stunned" by Amphipolis mosaic

The Amphipolis Mosaic floor of the second chamber of Kastas tomb depicting the abduction of Persephone by Hades.

Photo of the two sphinxes found at the tomb.

Two guardian sphinxes sit on a marble lintel at the entrance to the tomb at Amphipolis.

Karyatis feet

Archaeologists at the Kasta Hill site in Amphipolis recently uncovered the feet of a pair of caryatids 2014 wearing platform sandals.[Full Story: Platform Sandals Revealed on Greek Statues Guarding Alexander-Era Tomb]

Head of near-intact marble sphinx discovered at mysterious fourth century BC Greek tomb

Thessaloniki (Greece) (AFP) - The head of a near-intact marble sphinx has been discovered in the largest tomb ever unearthed in Amphipolis, northern Greece, the culture ministry announced.

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