A new piece of the puzzle has been added this week to the ongoing excavations at the Tomb of Amphipolis as archaeologists have found three fragments of a marble door at the entrance leading to the third chamber. This double door, imitating a wooden door decorated with nails reinforces the theory that we are dealing with a Macedonian tomb. Like for the other parts of the tomb, the marble comes from nearby
Thasos. The door panels have been
measured at 1.5 meters
wide and 14 cm
At first the possibility of looting was put forward, but since the remains of the door were found in the second chamber this indicates that the slabs were pushed from the inside out, either by the severe earthquake that occurred in the 6th century AD or by the heavy shelling in the area during the Bulgarian attacks of 1913. Under pressure the door must have been blasted forward.
[Reconstruction made by the Greek Ministry of Culture.
Both pictures are released by the Greek Ministry of Culture]