"Stunning Alexander-era statues found at ancient tomb, archaeologists say"
"The left arm of one and the right arm of the other are raised in a symbolic gesture to refuse entry to the tomb," a statement from the Culture Ministry said.
Speculation is mounting that the tomb, which dates from Alexander's lifetime (356-323BC), may be untouched, with its treasures intact.
Previous evacuations of Macedonian tombs have uncovered amazing troves of gold jewellery and sculptures.
A five-metre tall marble lion, currently standing on a nearby roadside, originally topped the 500 metre-long funeral mound, which is ringed by a marble wall.
Two headless stone Sphinx statues flanked the outer entrance, officials said, adding that "removing earth from the second entrance wall revealed the excellent marble caryatids".
Photographs released by the ministry show the sculptures - which hold up a lintel - uncovered to mid-bust, their curly hair falling onto their shoulders.
Archaeologists have been digging at the site, which Greek prime minister Antonis Samaras called a "very important find", since mid-August."
Thanks to ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) for this rare and great discovery
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