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Archaeologists discover a Macedonian tomb of from the 3rd century BC

23 December 2015 / 15:12:56  GRReporter
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Another Macedonian tomb with four chambers has been discovered in today's Pella settlement during the realization of the project "Construction of sewerage network in Pella" that Pella Municipality is carrying out with funds from the National Strategic Reference Framework 2007-2013.

As reported by the Ministry of Culture and Sports, "the interesting thing in the new Macedonian tomb discovered in Pella is its architectural form since in addition to the central part with an entrance and main room, it also has two side chambers that open to the north and south side of the anteroom."

The tomb, which was robbed in antiquity like many such tombs, dates back to the first half of the 3rd century BC., according to the findings (lamps and figurines) that have been discovered inside.

In particular, as emphasized by the Ministry of Culture, "The arched roof of the main part of the tomb whose walls are 2.50 metres high has been destroyed. Conversely, the arches of the side rooms have been preserved in excellent condition. Inside the southern side chamber, there is a stone pedestal where the sarcophagus of the deceased (male or female) is placed. The entrance to the opposite northern chamber was protected by a partition wall whose bottom row of stones has been preserved. The road to the tomb and its façade that are located in the east could not be examined at this stage. However, the conclusion based on the fallen architectural elements is that most likely it had a memorial structure crowned with a pediment. The anteroom had a wooden gate, 2.78 metres high and 1.30 metres wide."

This tomb along with eighteen tombs discovered during excavation works in the eastern cemetery of Pella, the capital of ancient Macedonia, were examined from October 2014 to December 2015 by the service of archaeological monuments in Pella. The funds were provided under a supervision subproject implemented in parallel with the main technical project.

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