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Amphipolis excavators fully uncover caryatids

Today, the first wall sealing the front of the caryatids was removed and the continuity of the robes of the two sculptures was revealed.

The robes bear exceptionally crafted folds. The caryatids, from the outside, appear to slightly lift their chitons with the corresponding hand. Parts of the face of the eastern Caryatid was found during the excavation and attributed to the sculpture. The members of the multidisciplinary team discovered that the inner arms of the caryatids did not support the architrave, as there are no indications of lead mouldings or processing of the lower surface of the architrave, to justify such support.

Further work will continue, removing the sandy soil in the area in front of and behind the wall with the caryatids. Up to the level of the marble roof, the two side walls are covered with marble pillars, which mimic the enclosure wall.

At the same time, the technical work proceeded on bracing and shoring up the monument, the space behind the caryatids: 1. The bracing on the north side of the second wall with the caryatids and the south side of the third wall was finished. 2. Support and shore up of the the corbelled roof behind the caryatids was finished. 3. Additional measures to protect the western Caryatid were taken, by placing vertical shore ups on either side. The requirement for additional shoring up was asssessed due to additional vertical cracks in the head, due to increased compressive load, which will mainly to support the marble slab of the roof and the western part of the architrave. 4. The safe shore up of the marble slab roof was finished. Finally, for the protection of the monument and the workers a lightning was placed on top of the hill.