In ancient Amphipolis in central Macedonia, archaeologists have been excavating a huge burial complex that dates back to the 4th century B.C., during the era of Alexander the Great. The excavators don't know what they'll find inside but they recently revealed the sphinx-guarded entrance to the tomb.

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Amphipolis, Macedonia Greece: The Sphinxes - The entrance Arch of the great Tomb at Amphipolis, with the two headless-wingless Greek Style Sphinxes also known as a Chimera. khimaira ] any mythical animal with parts taken from various animals.

This is what the partially excavated doorway looked like by Aug. 24.

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This image was released by the Greek Ministry of Culture on Aug. 25, after excavators cleared enough sealing stones and soil to reveal the full doorway.

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As archaeologists continue to clear dirt and stone slabs from the entrance of a huge tomb in Greece, excitement is building over what excavators may find inside

More digging revealed a third figure: Persephone. It's clear that this scene shows the goddess being taken into the underworld by Hades.

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

The composition shows Hermes leading a bearded man on a horse-drawn chariot.

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Stunning Mosaic Floor Revealed in Amphipolis Tomb - The central theme is a chariot in motion, pulled by two white horses and driven by a bearded man, crowned with a laurel wreath,” the Ministry said in a statement.

The intricately carved paw of one of the sphinxes.

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front paw of a large stone sphinx is seen topping the entrance to an ancient tomb under excavation at Amphipolis in northern Greece.

Probing deeper into the tomb, archaeologists revealed two caryatids, or female statues that act like columns or pillars.

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Two caryatids unearthed at Amphipolis tomb. The two exceptional caryatids carved from Thassian marble revealed on Saturday, September 6 as part of the continuation of excavation work at Amphipolis [Credit: Greek Ministry of Culture]

By Sept. 21, the caryatids had been revealed down to their feet.

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Traces of red and black paint are intact on the pillars that flank the doorway

Photos: Mysterious Ancient Tomb in Amphipolis

Once the stones were removed and more dirt was cleared, archaeologists could see the female statues in full.

Photos: Mysterious Ancient Tomb in Amphipolis

Archaeologists unveil marble female statues inside huge ancient tomb in northern Greece

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