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Women Guarding 2,300-Year-Old Tomb Revive Greek Hopes

When Greek archaeologists brushed away sandy soil to reveal two female statues guarding a tomb in Amphipolis this month, they put more than the 2,300-year-old town on the map.

After six years of recession and belt-tightening, a country riveted by the finds from the vast circular burial mound has put funding for culture back on the agenda. Ever since Prime Minister Antonis Samaras scrambled over the site in mid-August heat, dwarfed by the 1.5-meter sphinxes at the outer entrance, speculation has swirled about whose tomb it may be: Alexander the Great, his wife Roxana or perhaps his successor Cassander.