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This is still baby steps - first I made my Twitter account public, then I started to talk to press ... the world has not collapsed. Although I still don't read or watch them, and I wish more of them would emphasise that I think the archaeologists at Amphipolis are amazing and doing all the hard work, apparently Social Media 101 is to also post links, so here goes:


  1. No worries, you looked great! you are already a household name in Greece... :p

  2. The interview looked like a stopwatch ... you should have gone live...

  3. Honestly, I had to keep stopping so often to cough and 'glow' from the temperature that ... only a talented team could have put anything together!

    Live would have been a disaster between the coughing and everything ;-)

  4. Haha i'd love to see it... hehe

  5. Dorothy I'd like to ask you about the lion of Amphipolis. Is it absolutely certain it was on top of the Kastas hill? I understand that the marbles that were found with the pieces of the sculpture resemble those of the kastas tumulus. But what about the foundation excavated near the remains of the lion by the river that was described in the book you referenced?

  6. You must have read my mind, as the section explaining that is the bit of the book I wrote today ...

    Yes, the explanation would be long, but the answer would still be yes - the lion and Kasta go together 99.999% for sure.

    The 'foundations' of the moved monument to me only suggest they were trying to re-create it, perhaps in a more visible location and not that long after Kasta was built.

    The thing with archaeology is that there are rarely certain answers, and ideas often shift as new evidence comes to light .... but this case is pretty certain.

  7. It could also mean that the same sculptor or workshop built the lion and raised it at the same place it was located in the first place. This needs further investigation.

  8. It could mean many things, but the evidence presented at conferences was very convincing. A "double" tomb with an anti-monument before the monument proper would be unique ... but then again so is so much at the tomb, so at this point nothing would surprise me!

  9. That's actually really interesting as an idea.

    Not sure if it's right or not, but it would solve why the Lion and base were moved to the opposite side of Amphipolis if there was an anti-monument and a monument proper, the way there was sometimes an Antipolis (eg modern Antibes) ...

    I circled them on the map here https://twitter.com/DorothyKing/status/527932498940948480 ...

    This is why I love it when people express their views - even if we don't agree and even if we turn out to be wrong, interesting discussions and debates can come out of them!

    And why on earth the Lion and base were moved so far has been the biggest riddle of the excavation ...

  10. Were the lion and portions of the marble outer surfaces of the peripheral wall moved at the same time? Was the filling of the tomb with sand part of the same project?
    Some of the peripheral wall is intact, but is the intact part nearest to or farthest from the river? Was the wall stripped to provide building material for a dam or bridge on the Strymon? If they started stripping at the part nearest the river (or nearest a flat path to the river), that would make sense.
    What if they took the marble down to the river and brought back sand on the return trip?
    These are some of the things I've been thinking about.

  11. Join the club! The filling I can live with.

    The top removal keeps getting downdated by new evidence.

    The Lion moving everyone has been puzzling over for 29 months, probably more ...

    That's the joy of new evidence - ideas change ... welcome to archaeology.

  12. Actually the moving of the Lion would make sence if It happened in a time Strymon was navigable and passing infront of the tomb. Otherwise moving such a big lion would mean nothing. So far if my knowledge is correct then we are talking about a period between the time it was made and something like 600 a.d. Thus this brings as mostly in roman times. It was common practice at this time for the romans to move architectural units from greece to rome. Thus Either it was meant to be placed in a Roman building somewhere in the Balcans Or probably transported through Dalmatia or Illyria to Rome. At some point for some reason the boat went down .. Or had to drop them in the river... So lets think some probable places... Maybe there was allready a foundation built for it ...

  13. Also it would make sence if the Lion was allready down but still had memory of it. Hence lets see what major earthquakes happened and make probable connections with major Roman city founding like lets say Serdika or with major Roman building erections.

  14. One last think is that we should think what the Lion would mean to some people... It is a universal symbol of strength and valor. A lot of Major empires around the balkan area had the Lion as a symbol. It would mean a lot to kingdoms or empires starting from Venic, Habsburgs and even the British Empire. But Im sticking to the Roman moving of the Lion.

  15. So let's thing... They tried to move the Lion but probably failed... what did they erect instead,For this Historical knowledge is needed which i dont have....

  16. Regarding the lion again:

    I assume one reason we now know that the lion was placed at the Kastas Hill is that pieces of it (not just the marble base) have been recently discovered on the current excavation site. But my question is a different one:

    are we sure that the construction of the Kastas tomb was completed? Are parts of the round wall missing because they were removed, or also because construction stopped? If Strymon was navigable at the point where the lion now sits, could it be possible this site is the one that the marble was being delivered from Thasos? If so, the marble elements of the wall found there could be the ones that were left behind when construction stopped. That could then make this location ideal to reconstruct the lion, after it was brought down from the hill: the elements for its base were already present, they would only have to move the lion pieces.

    Has anyone also located monograms/mason's marks on the marble blocks (apparently from the wall) next to the lion? Can the absence or presence of such marks tell us whether these blocks were at some point on the round wall of the Kastas hill?

  17. And by the way, some photos of the Kastas hill summit can be found in this old blog post, here:


  18. Hello Dorothy!
    I would like to ask you about the Alexander's horses:.
    "I think that it is time that the Greek Ministry of Culture told the Greek people about Alexander's Horses and other finds from the excavation. Please do so. "


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