Amphipolis – The seismic tomography of the tomb.

Amphipolis tomb tomographyThe white spots tomography (marked as H) show the stone constructions As this is an accurate depiction, you can realize the immense size of the construction.

According to the geologists, this is “A single building with intermediate divisions and exceptional architecture, which differs from the Macedonian tombs of the era ” hidden for centuries under the hill of Kasta.

From 1998 to 1999  the tomb was investigated by three geophysicists (Lazarus Polymenakos, Stavros Papamarinopoulos and Athanasios Liosis) and by archaeologist Haido KoukoulisChrysanthaki.
With the method of three-dimensional seismic tomography four scientists have attempted to detect the inside of the artificial hill. According to their study, published in 2004 in a special British Archaeology magazine‘high speed’ points, marked with the letter «H» testify to the existence of extensive stone structures. The archaeologists believe the evidence to be of significant value, but still unconfirmed.

The seismic tomography clearly shows the location of the burial site and what are its dimensions. According to this, the funerary temple has a southwestern direction towards the ancient Amphipolis and the dimensions of the building according to the results of the measurements is 20 meters long, 5 meters wide, 5 meters high and includes a ramp – from excavation it proved to be stairs and a funerary monument. The area covered reaches 100 sq. m and height of 5 meters, which is inside a tomb, while the marble enclosure has a total length of 497 meters.


All we can do for now is wait patiently for time to tell.

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