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Archaeologists May Have Identified 2nd Tomb at World-Famous Amphipolis Site

Archaeologists May Have Identified 2nd Tomb at World-Famous Amphipolis Site

Archaeologists believe they have identified a second monument at the famous Kasta Hill in Amphipolis, Greece, which made headlines around the world when a highly-decorated Macedonian tomb complex,...
The mosaic of the third chamber of the Amphipolis tomb, representing the Abduction of Persephone by Pluto.

New Revelations Reignite Debate About Owner of the Lavish Amphipolis Tomb

A huge ancient burial mound theorized to have contained the remains of a friend and military general of Alexander the Great of Macedon may actually belong to someone else, new revelations show. At 1,...
Artistic representation of the caryatids in the Amphipolis tomb.

Ancient Amphipolis Tomb was Commissioned by Alexander the Great for his Closest Friend and General, Hephaestion, New Evidence Shows

New evidence has emerged that the massive underground tomb in Amphipolis, Greece, which was hailed last year as the archaeological discovery of the decade, was commissioned by Alexander the Great for...
Bones found in Magnificent Amphipolis Tomb belong to Five People

Bones found in Magnificent Amphipolis Tomb belong to Five People, Ministry Announced

The Greek Ministry of Culture has announced the long-awaited results of the analysis on the bones found inside the 4 th century BC tomb uncovered in Amphipolis in northern Greece, and the news is...
Top Ten Archaeological Discoveries of 2014

Top Ten Archaeological Discoveries of 2014

This year has been a year of spectacular discoveries in archaeology, from 4,000-year-old sunken ships, to enormous megalithic stones, mysterious man-made ditches, the oldest known examples of cave...
Design of the Amphipolis tomb and the magnificent sculptures

The artistic value of the magnificent sculptures of Amphipolis

Roman writer Pliny the Elder (1 st century AD), in his writings about ancient Greek art, said that after the Greek sculptor Lysippus, art ceased to exist (“deinde cessarit ars”). He believed that...
Amphipolis Tomb Reconstruction

Amphipolis Press Conference: Archaeologists reveal new secrets of ancient tomb at Kasta Hill

The Greek archaeological and research team who have spent the past few months excavating the enormous tomb of Amphipolis in northern Greece, have given their first complete presentation of the...
Skeleton found inside Limestone Sarcophagus in Amphipolis Tomb

BREAKING NEWS: Skeleton found inside Limestone Sarcophagus in Amphipolis Tomb

It is the moment that archaeologists and history buffs around the world have been waiting for; after months of intensive excavations within the 4th century BC Amphipolis tomb in northern Greece, and...
New geophysical scan suggests labyrinth of tombs lies within Amphipolis burial mound

New geophysical scan suggests labyrinth of tombs lies within Amphipolis burial mound

New geophysical scans of the Kasta Hill burial mound at Amphipolis in northern Greece, conducted by the National University of Thessaloniki (AUTH) have yielded some incredible results, pointing to...
Inside Amphipolis Tomb

First Ever Video Shot Inside Amphipolis Tomb Released, Plus More Discoveries

The Greek Ministry of Culture has released the first ever video footage taken inside the Amphipolis tomb at Kasta Hill in northern Greece. The footage shows the meticulous work being carried out by...
New mosaic revelations strongly suggesting Amphipolis tomb is for a Macedonian Royal

New mosaic revelations strongly suggest occupant of Amphipolis tomb is Macedonian Royal

Archaeologists working in the Amphipolis tomb in northern Greece have uncovered a new section of the stunning mosaic uncovered last week, which covers the entire floor space in the second chamber...
Mosaic depicting god Hermes riding chariot revealed in Amphipolis Tomb

Mosaic depicting god Hermes leading chariot revealed in Amphipolis Tomb

The Greek Ministry of Culture has announced the discovery of a stunning mosaic depicting a chariot in motion in the burial mound at Amphipolis in northern Greece. The exciting finding was made as...
Amphipolis caryatids

Amphipolis caryatids may hint that Olympias lies within

A heated guessing game has been taking place around who is buried under the colossal mound currently being excavated at Amphipolis in Greece’s northeastern Macedonia region. Theories range from...
British soldiers at Amphipolis Tomb

Did British soldiers plunder Amphipolis Tomb in 1916?

A photograph has emerged depicting soldiers from a regiment of the British Army, proudly holding skulls found around the Amphipolis Tomb in Greece, raising questions about whether they may have...
The third chamber of Amphipolis Tomb

Archaeologists enter third chamber of Amphipolis Tomb

Archaeologists have now entered the third chamber of the Amphipolis Tomb, a monument which has captured worldwide attention since the discovery of two marble sphinxes guarding its entrance...
Tomb of Alexander the Great - Siwa Egypt

Tomb of Alexander the Great already found, archaeologist claims, but findings have been blocked by ‘diplomatic intervention’

The final resting place of the Macedonian king, Alexander the Great, has been one of the biggest mysteries of antiquity, but is it one that has already been solved? Archaeologist Liana Souvaltzi...

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In the ancient world, many cultures built elaborate temple complexes dedicated to their healer gods - Imhotep in Egypt and Asklepios in Greece for example. These gods were recognized as having the power to cure supplicants from a variety of ailments within sleep and sacred dreams. Those who desired healing might travel many hundreds of miles to reach such a temple

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