Protection measures for site of Amphipolis Tomb completed


Works to restore and protect a tomb dating from the era of Alexander the Great near Amphipolis in Macedonia, northern Greece, are now complete, the Ministry of Culture said in a statement on Thursday.

The aim of the project, which was carried out by Greek construction and energy group GEK Terna, was to clean up and support the slope and surrounding area, while also taking care of drainage issues.

The discovery of the tomb, the largest of its kind ever unearthed in the country, sparked a media frenzy in 2014 with even Antonis Samaras, prime minister at the time, visiting the dig. Experts have said that it was likely a monument to Hephaestion, a dear friend of Alexander the Great.

The precise location of Alexander’s tomb remains one of the biggest mysteries of archaeology.