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Amphipolis Findings to be Announced by January 20

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Excavation works at the Amphipolis burial mound.

Amphipolis_Sphinx_l_15247Findings pertaining to the identity of the person buried in Amphipolis, northern Greece, as well as initial results of the geophysical survey of the greater area will be announced by January 20, the culture ministry said on Wednesday.

Culture Ministry secretary general Lina Mendoni said the January announcement is expected to reveal the sex, age and height of the person buried at the vast grave in Central Macedonia dating back to Alexander the Great’s era.

The world has been on edge as to the identity of the person buried in the fourth area of the burial mound at Kasta Hill ever since excavation works revealed skeletal remains last year. The dig also uncovered images of animal, human and winged figures, black-glazed pottery dating back to the 4th century BC and coins depicting Alexander the 3rd dating to the 2nd century BC.

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Research is being conducted by a multidisciplinary team of scientists from Aristotle and Democritus universities.

A total of 25 meters of the tomb measuring 158.4 meters in diameter have been excavated, leading archaeologists to believe that there may be additional graves in the area.

A drawing reconstruction of the  burial mound at Kasta hill in Amphipolis, Greece, released by the Greek Culture Ministry.

A drawing reconstruction of the burial mound at Kasta hill in Amphipolis, Greece, released by the Greek Culture Ministry.

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