Ανασκαφή του μνημειακού περιβόλου του Τύμβου Καστά | Πόλη | Η ΚΑΘΗΜΕΡΙΝΗ
The latest on the Lion Tomb at Amphipolis was just presented at a conference. As always I am wary of talking about this site as it's a friend's dig and I can never remember what has been officially presented and what we've discussed .... but the site is amazing, and the finds quite remarkable.
To start off, the tomb is a perfect circle, and circular Greek monuments are extremely rare - there are just over a dozen known. The masonry is of very high quality, and the colossal size suggests that the tomb was built for someone extremely important. The retaining walls measure some 497m and held a mound not unlike the Mausoleum of Augustus, topped by the Thasian marble colossal lion on an architectural marble base. All the evidence points to a construction dates starting around 325 for the peribolos, and certainly within the last quarter of the fourth century.