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The Tomb of Philip II
The Doric facade of the Tomb of Philip II, third quarter of 4th century BC, Vergina.

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The Tomb of Philip II
Third quarter of 4th century BC

This is a double-chambered 'Macedonian tomb' of extensive dimensions, with a barrel-vaulted roof, and Doric facade constructed of limestone and plastered with fine white stucco. The facade of the antechamber is crowned by a painted frieze depicting a hunting scene, while a broad, deep-red band runs round the interior walls.

The gold, silver, bronze and iron grave goods in the antechamber and burial chamber (diadem, wreaths, ossuary chests, quiver-and-bow-case, vessels etc.), and the high artistic quality of their craftsmanship (e.g. the ivory decoration of a shield) attest a royal burial.

The anthropological examination of the skull, showing an injury to the right eye, confirmed the identification of Philip II and dates the tomb to the fourth quarter of the 4th century BC; one of Philip's young wives was buried in the antechamber.

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