As Lina Mendoni pointed out, “these 25 architectural members are returning to their original position after 21 centuries, having been moved, at times, kilometers away from the monument”
The process is completed restoration of part of the ancient enclosure of the Kasta Tomb, which is implemented by the Ancient Monuments Restoration Directorate of the Ministry of the Interior, within the framework of the project of fixing and restoring the monument. According to a relevant announcement by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, based on the approved architectural study by the architect Michalis Lefantzis, they were identified and assigned to their original position 25 scattered marble members out of the 375 gathered in 2019, they were grouped and arranged to the west of the Tomb, lined up in groups according to the type and structure to which they belonged in ancient masonry.
As the Minister of Culture pointed out, Lina Mendoni, “these 25 architectural members return to their original position after 21 centuries, having been moved, at times, kilometers away from the monument, bearing the wear and tear of time, but also damage to its surfaces, from human interventions, due to successive changes of use. To preserve their authenticity, the scattered marble members were placed in their identification positions as they are, without additions, so that they always bear witness to their centuries-old history”.
“In order to assign the members to the place where they belonged, an architectural documentation was made of the scattered material and the object, which indicated that the highest member heights belong to the southern part of the enclosure, near the Burial Monument. Also, a key performance parameter was the change in the direction of the pegs and lever holes, which indicated the opposite direction of placement of the members of the enclosure, by at least two different workshops, during its construction.”
From the study it emerged that the point to which the members were attributed, in the southern part of the enclosure and 22 m. west of the Tomb, resulted in the two opposite times of placement during construction. The majority of the marble members are in good structural condition, except for two: A post and base with broken sections, which did not require filling to fit. According to the Ministry of the Interior, “in order to support the marble members, additions were made with artificial stone to the broken missing masses of the stone plinths of the ancient counter, and the grooves and grooves of the ancient links were reused.”
The assistance of the six most experienced marble craftsmen of the YPPO, who came from the South Slope of the Acropolis of Athens to Amphipolis for the timely completion of the project, played a “very decisive role” in its execution, as the announcement of the Ministry of Culture emphasizes. As part of the project, the work of fixing and restoring the Tomb and the outer shell of Room 1 by the Directorate for the Restoration of Ancient Monuments continues.
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