Something to Look Forward to

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Re: Something to Look Forward to

Post by circumspice » Tue Oct 14, 2014 6:26 am

Great links! Thanks Ernie!
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Re: Something to Look Forward to

Post by Ernie L » Tue Oct 14, 2014 2:15 pm

circumspice wrote:Great links! Thanks Ernie!
You are quite welcome....
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Re: Something to Look Forward to

Post by Minimalist » Sat Oct 18, 2014 11:34 am

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2 ... inger.html
In her view, the Amphipolis building may not hold Macedonian remains at all, but perhaps served to memorialize a Roman military victory in the area—perhaps that at Philippi, a site not far from Amphipolis, where, after the assassination of Julius Caesar, his heir Octavian defeated the senatorial armies of Brutus and Cassius.

Should Palagia’s Roman-era dating prove correct, the Amphipolis find would still be hugely important, but nonetheless deeply disappointing to the Greek nationalist feelings that the excavation has aroused. The idea that the tomb is linked to Alexander—a heroic leader who inspires great pride in modern Greeks—has figured prominently in the announcements and press conferences held by the excavators.
This is starting to devolve into a Bosnian pyramid scheme where what is really wanted is a tourist attraction. The obvious difference being that Amphipolis is real as opposed to the imaginary pyramids.
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Re: Something to Look Forward to

Post by Ernie L » Tue Oct 28, 2014 6:35 am

People in Greece and across the globe are waiting patiently for tomorrow’s press conference at Casta Hill in regards to the archaeological excavations taking place at the Amphipolis tomb. Expectations are high, since tomorrow, October 28, at 6pm, press representative Anna Panagiotarea is scheduled to speak with reporters. - See more at: http://greece.greekreporter.com/2014/10 ... tyHCn.dpuf

so noon EST
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Re: Something to Look Forward to

Post by Minimalist » Wed Oct 29, 2014 10:56 am

I haven't seen any recaps of the press conference but they did release this video of the inside of the tomb. The close ups of the mosaic at the end are fantastic.

http://greece.greekreporter.com/2014/10 ... -released/
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Re: Something to Look Forward to

Post by kbs2244 » Wed Oct 29, 2014 11:21 am

What surprised me in the video was the amount of civil engineering involved in the dig.
Not just the scaffolding, but a conveyor belt to remove the waste dirt?
What ever happened to the human chain of 5 gal buckets?

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Re: Something to Look Forward to

Post by Minimalist » Wed Oct 29, 2014 3:22 pm

Progress, man, progress.
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Re: Something to Look Forward to

Post by Minimalist » Thu Oct 30, 2014 9:01 am

Not with a bang but with a whimper....

http://greece.greekreporter.com/2014/10 ... olis-tomb/
The third chamber of the tomb of Amphipolis is the last one. This was announced earlier by the Ministry of Culture, spreading disappointment to those expecting a happy ending at the ongoing excavation and the mystery about the occupant of the grave, who is still not found. However, according to the general secretary of the Ministry of Culture Lina Mendoni, there are hopes that a fourth vault might be discovered underground, covered by a horizontal sealing wall. -
Archaeologists are currently digging through one meter of sandy soil to reach the floor of the third chamber, hoping that the burial room is underground, covered by limestone.
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Re: Something to Look Forward to

Post by Ernie L » Thu Oct 30, 2014 3:23 pm

http://www.alphatv.gr/shows/informative ... tio-291014 Skip to about the 5 minute mark..unless you speak Greek of course...two interviews with english speaking archaeologists
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Re: Something to Look Forward to

Post by Minimalist » Fri Oct 31, 2014 10:42 am

Very interesting, Ernie. Especially the last bit in English where she speculates that the tomb was built in the hope of recovering Alexander's body from Egypt.

That makes it a cenotaph - not a tomb.
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Re: Something to Look Forward to

Post by Ernie L » Sun Nov 02, 2014 9:45 am

Minimalist wrote:Very interesting, Ernie. Especially the last bit in English where she speculates that the tomb was built in the hope of recovering Alexander's body from Egypt.

That makes it a cenotaph - not a tomb.
Yes indeed...Olympias wanted Perdiccas ,companion and self professed heir to Alexander, to marry her daughter Cleopatra. He was supposed to bring Alexanders body to her.
Ptolemy had other ideas..Perdiccas attempted to recover the body and attacked Ptolemy....oops.
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Re: Something to Look Forward to

Post by Minimalist » Fri Nov 07, 2014 5:33 pm

Archaeology - it's not just about digging.

http://greece.greekreporter.com/2014/11 ... macedonia/
The Politics Buried in the Amphipolis Tomb and Macedonia
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Re: Something to Look Forward to

Post by Ernie L » Sat Nov 08, 2014 7:06 pm

Minimalist wrote:Archaeology - it's not just about digging.

http://greece.greekreporter.com/2014/11 ... macedonia/
The Politics Buried in the Amphipolis Tomb and Macedonia
..I Have been wondering why this hill has just now gotten so much attention..politics rears it's head..... but certainly not unique I suppose. I'm thinking of the search for Genghis Kans tomb, and the mummies of Xinjiang etc.

I follow along the discussions by Greeks and non Greeks on the Amphipolis face book page ( https://www.facebook.com/amphipolistomb). The Greek blog posters make an effort to post in English so that more from around the world can join in the discussion. This is much appreciated kindness. Anyway...it hasn't taken long for the" Alexander was an alien/God" ,and "easily offended extreme nationalists" crowd to make their presence known. :roll:

..It has however been a real pleasure to see evidence of the great interest in this excavation on the part of the general Greek population . Their pride is quite evident. They need some good news what with an unemployment of nearly 24% ,political turmoil , and Turkey making provocative moves near Cyprus.

According to this they are now down 8 meters into the floor of the third chamber http://en.protothema.gr/amphipolis-how- ... d-chamber/
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Re: Something to Look Forward to

Post by Minimalist » Wed Nov 12, 2014 12:42 pm

At last:

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-30019338

No I.D. found so far, though.

Amphipolis skeleton from Alexander's time found in Greece
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Re: Something to Look Forward to

Post by Ernie L » Wed Nov 12, 2014 3:32 pm

The chief archaeologist's opinion is that it is the body of a Macedonian general. If that is true, then why was the body not cremated ? Is this not the normal Hellenic custom for males ?
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