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No more cash for Amphipolis dig at the moment

There will be no more government funding at this stage for the archaeological work at Amphipolis, northern Greece, with experts focusing on the findings that have already been unearthed, Alternate Culture Minister Nikos Xydakis said on Saturday during a visit to the site.

“The excavation project has received funding,” he said in response to a question about whether more public money would be provided. “There are not many excavations in Greece that have received such support. At the moment, there is not a need for any more.”

The tomb discovered at the site, thought to date from Alexander the Great’s era, yielded five skeletons and various other artifacts. Xydakis said that archaeologists are focused on studying these finds and carrying out work aimed at making the tomb safe from collapse.

“This is a huge project, which at the moment is getting the breathing space that it needs,” added the minister.