Caryatids at Amphipolis tomb fully exposed

Archaeologists working at the site of a vast ancient tomb in Amphipolis, northern Greece, on Thursday uncovered the bodies of two sculpted female figures, or caryatids, whose heads were unearthed over the weekend.

The life-sized marble statues flank the entrance to one of the tomb’s underground chambers which archaeologists are carefully exploring.

According to a Culture Ministry statement issued on Thursday, the statues are of “exceptional artistic quality.”

The Amphipolis excavation has fueled intense media attention as the site dates to the era of Alexander the Great’s death and some archaeologists have suggested relatives of the warrior king might be buried there.