Each week seems to bring a new magnificent discovery about this tomb, which is the largest ever found in Greece. And each week brings us a reminder of the splendor of Greece’s history.
It also is an awe-inspiring reminder that beneath Greece’s rugged mountains and sandy shores is thousands of years of civilization. Just imagine all of the undiscovered treasures sprinkled throughout Greece, just waiting to be found. How many tucked away caves may hold the footprints of lives past. How many thyme and chamomile strewn fields may hold beneath them artifacts of lives past.
And beneath the water…even more mesmerizing finds. A few weeks ago, we highlighted theAntikythera Mechanism, an ancient analog computer found off the coast of a Greek island, which was discovered during a dive in 1909. It’s one of the greatest underwater discoveries ever in Greece — even in the Mediterranean — and yet few people know about it.
Now, times are different. Technology lets us follow the unearthing of the Amphipolis tomb hour by hour, and as each day passes, more images of the glory of ancient Greece make their rounds around the world. And each of us, through email and social media, has the power to showcase the brilliance of that ancient era to our networks.
There’s a reason the world is following with wide-eyed wonder what archeologists are doing in Greece. In news cycles dominated by pain, war, and suffering, it’s refreshing to take a moment and see that man can create not just chaos, but striking beauty as well. We as a species have had for thousands of years the ability to craft grand works of art, and those works of art can serve as inspiration for future generations. The grandeur of the discovery at Amphipolis is an enduring testament to that carved in stone.