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Post 22 Oct 2014, 11:01 am

Image ... -tomb.html

Giant unknown elaborate Greek tomb dating from the 4th century BC. How exciting is that for a job?
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Post 22 Oct 2014, 6:25 pm

Oh yes, we haven't had a good Macedonian tomb discovery for quite some time, so it's fun to see another Hellenistic tomb found. And quite a tomb it is, from all of the reports, with a wall perimeter of some 1600 feet. I like the pebble floor mosaic of the Abduction of Persephone inside the tomb - pebble mosaics seem to have been the preferred medium for Macedonian mosaics, as tiles were to the Romans. Too bad the center of the mosaic was hacked out at some point in the past. I don't believe they know why just yet, but it certainly was done after the fact and not part of the original composition. Maybe some Balearic slingers passing through needed to restock their ammunition! :)
It's possible there was some kind of decorative or portrait tondo in the middle that was either robbed or destroyed. But portrait tondos are usually found on circular formatted mosaics, not in the middle of a story-based composition. Still, that missing part is intriguing.
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Post 12 Nov 2014, 10:51 pm

Bone fragments found ... polis.html

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Post 13 Nov 2014, 7:51 pm


I met a traveller from an antique land,
Who said—“Two vast and trunkless legs of stone
Stand in the desert. . . . Near them, on the sand,
Half sunk a shattered visage lies, whose frown,
And wrinkled lip, and sneer of cold command,
Tell that its sculptor well those passions read
Which yet survive, stamped on these lifeless things,
The hand that mocked them, and the heart that fed;
And on the pedestal, these words appear:
My name is Ozymandias, King of Kings;
Look on my Works, ye Mighty, and despair!
Nothing beside remains. Round the decay
Of that colossal Wreck, boundless and bare
The lone and level sands stretch far away.”