Greek Culture Minister allocates €2.5 million for Amphipolis Tomb project works

Α Decrease font Enlarge font
Greek Culture Minister allocates €2.5 million for Amphipolis Tomb project worksCulture Minister Lydia Koniordou announced that 2.5 million euros have been allotted for restoration works executed at Kasta Hill, the excavation site of the Amphipolis tomb

Recently appointed  Greek Culture Minister Lydia Koniordou announced that 2.5 million euros have been allotted for restoration works executed at Kasta Hill, the excavation site of the Amphipolis tomb.

During a press conference this week, she clarified that the funds will be made available immediately for the restoration of the site in northeastern Greece, where a huge grave from Alexander the Great’s era was unearthed.

The so-called Kasta Tomb, also known as the Amphipolis Tomb is an ancient Macedonian tomb that was discovered inside the Kasta mound (or Tumulus) near Amphipolis, Central Macedonia, in northern Greece in 2012 and first entered in August 2014. The first excavations at the mound in 1964 led to exposure of the perimeter wall, and further excavations in the 1970s uncovered many other ancient remains.

The recently discovered tomb is dated to the last quarter of the 4th century B.C. The tumulus is the largest ever discovered in Greece and by comparison dwarfs that of Philip II of Macedon, father of Alexander the Great, in Vergina. The excavation team, based on findings unearthed at the site, argued that the tomb was a memorial dedicated to the close friend of Alexander the Great, Hephaestion.

It is not yet known who is buried in the tomb, but the initial public speculation that it could be the tomb of Alexander the Great, because of its size and estimated cost of construction, was dismissed by the experts community when commenting on the published findings, as the available historical records mention Alexandria in Egypt as the last known location of Alexander's body; it has been supported instead, that a likely occupant could be either a wealthy Macedonian noble or a late member of the royal family.

The skeletal remains of five people were unearthed within a corresponding tomb, in the lower levels of the third chamber in November 2014. The dead of the burial are: A woman at the age of 60, two men aged 35–45, a newborn infant and a fifth person represented by minimum fragments. Further examination is underway with regard to the dating of the skeletal remains, as well as DNA cross examination between the dead of the burial as well as other skeletons from the neighboring tombs in the area.

Monogram of Hephaestion

At a press conference in the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greek archaelogist Katerina Peristeri revealed the existence of three inscriptions apparently linking the tomb to Hephaestion, nobleman, General and close friend of Alexander the Great. The ancient Greek word "ΠΑΡΕΛΑΒΟΝ" (it means "received") is written in the inscriptions and next to it the monogram of Hephaestion.

According to the Culture Ministerthe resources will also be allocated for works to unify the archaeological sites of Amphipolis and create specially designed trails for visitors.

Ms. Koniordou  also revealed that other current projects of the Greek Culture Ministry include the upgrade of five more ancient Greek theaters, Ancient Gitana Thesprotia, Ancient Ambracia, Nikopolis, Kassopi and Dodona that are all connected through the Epirus cultural route.

Furthermore, the Culture Ministry plans to hire 1,314 museum and archaeological site guards for the season and they are expected to be in their positions as of early April.

Finally, she noted that the e-ticket access will initially run as a pilot program at the Acropolis, Mycenae, Knossos and Messina sites.

RELATED TOPICS: GreeceGreek tourism newsTourism in GreeceGreek islandsHotels in GreeceTravel to GreeceGreek destinations Greek travel marketGreek tourism statisticsGreek tourism report

 

Tornos
  1. 27/04 22:10

    Visit Greece - Unlock your senses in the Cyclades islands

  2. 27/04 21:55

    16ο East Med Yacht Show promotes Piraeus as a tourist destination

  3. 27/04 21:48

    Turkish government to offer subsidies for cruisers carrying tourists to country

  4. 27/04 21:38

    Jet2.com: New connections to Rhodes and Heraklion in 2018

  5. 27/04 21:34

    Greek low-cost airline Ellinair announces new Georgia flights

  6. 27/04 21:23

    Online survey in 17 countries: Twice as many people prefer relaxing vacations to active ones

  7. 27/04 21:11

    Sojern: 6 trends that hoteliers need to pay attention to in 2017

  8. 27/04 21:07

    British tourism: + 4% travel abroad during first 3 months of 2017

  9. 27/04 20:53

    Jetsetter: 10 stunning hotels on the Greek Islands

  10. 27/04 20:44

    NASA publishes thousands of pictures to prove landing on moon was real

  11. 27/04 20:41

    Greek Prime Minister marks start of Greece-China Year 2017

  12. 27/04 20:34

    European Investment Fund pumps €420 million into 2,000 enterprises in Greece

  13. 27/04 20:27

    World Travel & Tourism Council CEO calls for a more sustainable world

  14. 27/04 20:17

    Thessaloniki port consortium announces joint venture share breakdown

  15. 27/04 19:47

    Ex US VP Joe Biden to address first Concordia conference in Athens on June 6-7

  16. 27/04 19:31

    Global tourism conference puts emphasis on Chinese and Indian markets

  17. 27/04 19:24

    Alitalia faces bankruptcy as its workers vote ‘no’

  18. 27/04 19:08

    Greek-American assemblywoman running for New York City Mayor

  19. 27/04 19:04

    Arrivals of refugees on Aegean islands remained low in the last 24 hours

  20. 27/04 18:02

    Piraeus port eyes first place in Mediterranean traffic by 2019

  21. 27/04 17:00

    Egnatia Odos workers in northern Greece to hold 24-hour strike on Tuesday

  22. 27/04 15:56

    EOT supports foreign TV productions in Greece to promote Greek tourism

  23. 27/04 15:53

    Nevada couple imports several affordable wines from Greece to the US

  24. 27/04 14:50

    Athens buses and trolley-buses announce strike action on May 1

  25. 27/04 13:48

    Medical Tourism: OTE Group launches Data Center for Greek hospitals

  26. 27/04 12:40

    US$ 1.2 trillion spent globally on business travel in 2016

  27. 27/04 12:35

    Greek trade unions' 24-hour general strike on May 17 to affect travel

  28. 27/04 11:32

    2nd Greek Tourism Workshop in Beirut on May 10 to woo Lebanese tourists

  29. 27/04 10:28

    No trains in Greece on Monday due to Labour Day strike action

  30. 26/04 20:23

    Chinese Cosco's interest in Greek shipyards of Elefsina and Syros

  31. 26/04 20:11

    IOBE: Greek economy to grow by 1.5% this year

  32. 26/04 20:05

    “Tonight: Lola Blau” at the Michael Cacoyannis Foundation in Athens

  33. 26/04 20:01

    Goldcar: Average Briton walks 355 miles through airports

  34. 26/04 19:58

    Neos adds new Greek routing from Milan during summer of 2017

  35. 26/04 19:36

    Oceanos Hotels Group Greece expands into Arabian market

  36. 26/04 19:26

    Nasa bootcamp completed in Larissa - next appointment in Thessaloniki

  37. 26/04 19:17

    New ferry connection between Lesvos island and Dikili in Turkey

  38. 26/04 19:06

    First 1,200 cruise passengers for 2017 arrive in Kos

  39. 26/04 18:53

    Caldera Collection starts collaboration with 14 luxury villas in Mykonos

  40. 26/04 18:48

    Week long Spring Sales period in Greece starts on May 2

  41. 26/04 18:44

    “Hello Sunshine!” celebrates May 1st at SNFCC in Athens

  42. 26/04 18:41

    College Year in Athens brings foreign students in Greece for 55 years

  43. 26/04 18:28

    1st International Workshop for Western Silk Road in Alexandroupolis, Greece

  44. 26/04 17:46

    Ermia Hotels & Resorts: Three new properties added in Halkidiki

  45. 26/04 17:37

    Property rates in central Athens and Glyfada rise during Q1 of 2017

  46. 26/04 16:08

    Emirates: New offers for passengers to and from Greece

  47. 26/04 15:58

    Β2Β Travel Event for travel agencies in Bansko, Bulgaria

  48. 26/04 13:50

    South Aegean Governor meets UK Ambassador as bookings surge by 14%

  49. 26/04 13:45

    Costa Navarino: Local students learn about the Messinian Nature and History

  50. 26/04 13:31

    Athens Municipality hires a chief digital officer

  51. 26/04 13:28

    Greece-China cultural exchanges year opens officially on April 27

  52. 26/04 13:21

    Tez Tour: First charter flights launched on CS300 - Connections to Heraklion

  53. 26/04 13:12

    Booking.com: The top 5 brunch restaurants in Athens

  54. 26/04 12:59

    Survey: Resilience of European travel industry despite terrorist attacks

  55. 26/04 12:54

    Meridiana adds new seasonal Naples – Zakinthos route in summer 2017

  56. 26/04 12:49

    Tax Free Premiere: Chinese tourism to Greece to “explode” during 2017

  57. 26/04 11:47

    Athens Medical Group's CEO: Significant prospects for medical tourism in Greece

  58. 26/04 10:42

    Research Centre for Global Tourism Programme Silk Road in Greece

  59. 25/04 23:07

    German tourists regain trust after terror strikes and favor bookings to Greece

  60. 25/04 23:02

    New York-based Fragoudaki holds Art Project at Syntagma Square

  61. 25/04 22:59

    VASISTAS group performs The Divine Comedy at Onassis Cultural Center

  62. 25/04 22:41

    Chalkidiki fish farming exports 95% of production to global markets

  63. 25/04 22:17

    Greece and Italy examine cooperation opportunities in sea cruise sector

  64. 25/04 21:06

    Rethimno Prefecture in Crete expands to the Polish market

  65. 25/04 20:56

    Loved by Guests Awards 2017: Top Greek hotels and two golden winners from Athens

  66. 25/04 20:54

    Report: Get your Santorini dream house with Santopoly board game

  67. 25/04 19:51

    New En Lefko Film Festival for motion pictures in Athens

  68. 25/04 19:33

    New York workshop: Tourism is a key pillar of growth for the Greek economy

  69. 25/04 18:28

    Guardian writer obsessed with Greek island of Leros (video)

  70. 25/04 17:26

    Thessaloniki to host International Public Television Conference on May 7-11

  71. 25/04 16:22

    Charter flights with visitors from Moscow and Kiev for Kastoria Fur Fair

  72. 25/04 15:19

    Greek Presidential Guard Evzones visit Sydney for Anzac Day

  73. 25/04 14:34

    Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America resolution adopted by Orthodox Christian Laity

  74. 25/04 14:29

    Interactive Map: What Pangea would look like with the current international borders

  75. 25/04 14:12

    Greek island of Fleves in the Saronic Gulf up for sale

  76. 25/04 12:59

    Greece aiming at continued increase in tourists from United Arab Emirates

  77. 25/04 12:03

    No trolleys in Athens on Monday

  78. 25/04 11:25

    Private sector arrears to the Greek state up €989 million in February

  79. 25/04 10:17

    Hellenic Post begins operations in electricity energy market in Greece

  80. 25/04 00:14

    Greek government's VP chairs meeting with banks' leadership

  81. 25/04 00:11

    Athens journalists union condemns attack against Kathimerini newspaper's offices

  82. 25/04 00:06

    Crete’s new creativity emerges to the world of International Jazz Music

  83. 25/04 00:03

    Serbia warns of new war in the Balkans if Albania unites with Kosovo

  84. 25/04 00:00

    Italian tourist market gets familiar with Rhodes alternative tourism

  85. 24/04 23:56

    Report: Oldest YouTuber in the world just turned 106 (video)

  86. 24/04 23:53

    Attorney Thomas Demetrio: Too late for American Airline’s CEO to apologize

  87. 24/04 23:48

    German tourism: Strong increase in March bookings to Kos, Rhodes and Heraklion

  88. 24/04 23:44

    AHEPA Supreme President Zachariades talks about Phanar, Greece, and Cyprus trip

  89. 24/04 23:35

    Hotel chain promotes naked guests selfies as works of art (video)

  90. 24/04 23:28

    Hotels.com: The formula for the perfect hotel revealed by guest comments

  91. 24/04 23:20

    Large number of contraband cigarettes seized by Igoumenitsa port in Greece

  92. 24/04 23:18

    “Total War” PC game parody of Berkeley riots (video)

  93. 24/04 23:15

    Greek merchant shipping fleet down in numbers but up in capacity

  94. 24/04 23:12

    EU Commission: Greece primary surplus well above target in 2016

  95. 24/04 23:03

    Ships to remain docked in Greece on May 1 as seamen announce strike

  96. 24/04 22:57

    Ice cream parlour for dogs opens in Mexico city (video)

  97. 24/04 22:22

    Drop in serious crimes recorded in Greece

  98. 24/04 20:54

    Greek Tourism Minister meets with AHEPA delegation

  99. 24/04 19:46

    Actress Sofia Vergara mounts inflatable bull in pool (video)

  100. 24/04 18:37

    Turkish Defence Minister blasts Greek counterpart in Ankara's parliament