Sunday, October 12, 2014

Details about the new mosaic discovery in Amphipolis

Archeologists uncovered an astonishing mosaic showing a chariot in movement, drawn by a bearded man and god Hermes, the soul bearer (psychopomp). It was discovered in Kasta Tomb of ancient Amphipolis.

The mosaic is made of small pebbles of white, black, greyish, blue, red and yellow colour. The mosaic is of an excellent craftsmanship and particular attention has been given to the rendition of details.

I am sure that those of you who love pebble mosaics have made the connection with the Hellenistic pebble mosaics of Pella and Eretria in Greece.

As I have been able to find on Greek sites, specialists have affirmed that this mosaic proves how unique this tomb is and it testifies the high status of the person buried there. It's also telling us that it’s dated to the last quarter of the 4th century.

A few details now about the mosaic:

The bearded man pulling the chariot is wearing a laurel wreath, whereas Hermes who stands in front of him is wearing a petasus, a chiton, winged sandals and in his hand he is holding a caduceus.

Archaeologists think that in view of the fact that Hermes appears as a soul-bearer, it's possible that the man buried in the tomb is a man. Many people say it's Alexander the Great...

The mosaic floor hasn't been uncovered in its entirety since its eastern and western part are still being excavated. The mosaic has of course suffered deterioration in the form of a circle in its centre. As it has been announced to the Greek Press, the mosaic will be put together and restored so that the whole picture of the composition can emerge in the best possible way.

Best wishes to everyone in Greece taking part in this project!

Image credit: Amfipolinews.blogspot


  1. Many thanks for this interesting blog post on such an exciting find.
    The mosaic is certainly superb and of the highest quality within its genre.

    1. Thank you, Luis. Very kind of you to comment.

  2. This is a fabulous find! I do love pebble mosaics and this is really spectacular.


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