Sunday, September 7, 2014

Greek Ministry of Culture, Press Release 07-09-2014

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7 September, 2014

On Thursday, September 4, a large meeting in worksite hill castes, under the Secretary General of the Ministry of Culture and Sports Minister. Mendoni Lina, the interdisciplinary team, led by Mrs. K.. Pigeons and the participation of officials of the Directorate Ancient Monuments of the Ministry of Culture.

Done overall assessment of the measures taken to protect the monument, after the torrential rain of the previous 24 hours, and which was considered quite satisfactory. In parallel to shore up projects and supports the components inside the monument, to develop a safe way excavations.

On Friday, September 5, removed the dirt behind second septal wall, in order to balance the geostationary impulses of land between the two countries. With the removal of soil uncovered, at about 2 meters from the dome to 4.5 meters, about the floor, marble rectangular plate, length 4.2m, width 1m. 0.21m thick, in excellent condition. (photo 1) builds marginally poros stone of the third diaphragm wall and upper marble revetment, which carries ripple. (Photo 2) At the bottom of the plate is painted decoration in blue, red and yellow color, which represented panels with rosette in the center. (Photo 3.4). This section of the roof at the site.

In the same space that is created between the second and third septal wall showed a significant impairment of tholiton section, in both parts of the west, while the eastern portion of the dome. Antistirichthike crowned the dome, with the installation of wooden beams in contact with foam substrate and vertical prop. (Photo 5).

Works at retaining and second diaphragm wall, which carries the architrave and cornice, with wooden frame and braced by steel tubular beams. Moreover, uncovered conditions bearing of the architrave. It was found that the vertical crack architrave extends the full height and is bright. The space in front of the architrave triangular metal frame placed alongside the south side. The architrave antistirichthike with four side supports which are mounted on a metal frame.

This Saturday, September 6, the removal of soil in front of the architrave, allowed serious enhancement of propping the broken portion with vertical tubular beams, a wooden touch.

With the removal of the sandy soil, the area in front of the second septal wall, discovered beneath the marble architrave, between, also marble pilasters, two excellent art caryatids, Thassian marble (photo 6) inherent pillar, section 0, 20CH0,60 m.

The western face of the Caryatid survives almost intact (photo 7.8), while the eastern missing. (Photo 9). The caryatids are rich curls that cover their shoulders, bearing ear, and wear sleeved tunic. The right hand of the one and the other was left protetammena so the move to symbolically prevent those who would attempt the entrance to the tomb and were inserts. Followed, namely, the same technique as the heads and the wings of the Sphinxes. The forms on which there are traces of red and blue refer to the type of Kore. Among the sandy soils found fragments of sculptures, such as palm portion and smaller fragments of their fingers. The provision of the second input with caryatids an important finding, which suggests the idea that this is a standing monument of particular importance.

In front of the caryatids, and from the waist down and reveals wall sealing of limestone across the width of 4.5m. (Photo 10, 11) This is the second sealing wall following the same technique as in front of the burial monument. It is a further feature of the efforts of manufacturers to prevent entry into the monument.

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