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All about Amphipolis: Egyptian style, C.P.R. scanning and mathematical equations (see photos)

Amphipolis watchers use maths, geology and google earth to fill in where the archaeologists leave off as interest escalates regarding the ancient tomb

Culture Minister Kostas Tasoulas said that we will soon have more news about the excavation of the ancient tomb at Amphipolis that has gripped worldwide attention. The minister said that there is no great mystery concerning the ancient site where work is progressing slowly in order to protect the area. Daily bulletins and photos being released by the Ministry of Culture and Sports to prevent any outlandish speculation. Despite the Ministry’s updates, there has been a barrage of speculation and interest concerning the burial mound.

Egyptian influence

The ancient tomb at Amphipolis showed that the sealing wall was created with diaphragmatic walls and filled with loose sand up to the height of the dome. Archaeologists speaking with Greece’s daily, Eleftheros Typos, expressed their astonishment regarding this practice that has only been found at Egyptian tombs so far.


The people who created the tomb filled the chambers with sand immediately after the burial to protect it from grave robbers. “We have excavated hundreds of tombs in Macedonia and haven’t noted a similar practice elsewhere,” say archaeologists. “There is no previously undisturbed tomb that has been covered with sand.”   Sources from the Ministry of Culture and Religion state that this was a traditional Egyptian practice that was not noted in Greece.


The Egyptian elements of the tomb serve to further certify the idea that architect Dinocrates, a close friend of Alexander the Great and companion during the warrior king’s campaign, was the designer of the tomb.

Another Egyptian element was the fact that sphinx guards kept vigil at the entrance, though archaeologists warn that this fact alone doesn’t testify to a link with Egypt.


CPR radar methodology 


A number of sources refer to CPR methods that had been used to scan the tomb in July 2013 by a team led by Konstandinos Papatheodorou, lecturer of the Department of Geoinformatics and Surveying of Serres Technical College (TEI). A vacant space was found 12 meters beneath the peak of Kasta Hill where the burial mound is located. The team located a chamber lying at a depth of 8 meters. It lies 20 meters from the current center of the hill at the same level as the entrance of the burial mound.


It is estimated that the specific distance to the base had a wider diameter that couldn’t be read by the CPR georadar. The equipment used didn’t have the capacity to register metals such as silver or gold.


Amphipolis enthusiasts take to Google Earth

A number of self-proclaimed Amphipolis watchers have taken to google earth to seek various geometrical links between the site and other sites with a great deal of speculation as to whether there is a smaller tomb nearby.

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Amphipolis enthusiasts have also taken to figuring out mathematical equations linking Amphipolis to other ancient sites and landmarks:






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  • Tom F.

    The “second tomb” idea is interesting, but the math stuff, trying to line up tombs and other sites all over the world, is just hilarious. The ancient Greeks simply did not have such exact knowledge of geography, for one thing. For more speculation on who’s buried in the tomb at Amphipolis see http://www.asketc.com/42826/whos-buried-in-that-tomb-at-amphipolis .

    • constantine

      I agree with the hilarity of trying to associate various cities etc with mathematical/geometrical formulas (although there is documented evidence that existed) but you could not be more wrong about the geographical precision the Greeks had in those years. Eratosthenes in 3d century BC had calculated the circumference of the earth within 1% of accuracy. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0JHEqBLG650

  • Craig Beasley

    I believe you mean GPR for ground penetrating radar. Do you have a link to the actual paper on the survey?

    • Mary Sinanidis

      For the exact methods used and the study itself, you can get in touch with the Geoinformatics & Surveying Department of the Technological Education Institute (TEI) of Serres. In a later interview, Dr. Konstandinos Papatheodorou said that he would not release details of the actual survey because it was in the hands of the lead archaeologist of the site, Katerina Peristeri.