Greek Academic: Amphipolis Was a Ploy to Distract Greeks from Harsh Measures


“The Amphipolis tomb excavation was a badly staged play to distract Greek people from the harsh austerity measures the previous government was implementing,” noted the general secretary of the Athens Archaeological Institute Vasilios Petratos.

Petratos, also an academic, said that the Amphipolis excavation and the mystery behind the “occupant” of the tomb that made domestic and international news headlines was nothing more than a contrived story to divert Greeks from their economic woes and the measures the government was taking.

He went further and accused archaeologists and other persons involved in the excavations, speaking of ignorance that led to loss of data that were important for archaeology.

“The story of Amphipolis is neither great nor small event” but a “clumsy contrived story in order to distract attention of Greeks from the arbitrary economic measures,” said Petratos.

“The monument itself has not offered anything new and valuable historical and archaeological data have been lost because of mistakes made by persons who ignore the scientific method,” he added.

The general secretary of the Athens Archaeological Institute also criticized the new organization chart of the culture ministry for the problems of archaeology in Greece.


  1. “valuable historical and archaeological data have been lost because of mistakes”

    A fuller critique would be useful.

  2. Petratos is obviously a pretentious paranoid leftist. The idea that most Greeks are genuinely interested in ancient Greeks artifacts is beyond his capacity to fathom. Rather than just share his findings for all Greeks to enjoy he turns the situation into a political statement and conspiracies. The very fact Greek Reporter, obviously a leftist leaning news source, would even print his paranoid ranting conspiracy theories is just another example. Anyone that thinks Samaras attempted to “distract” Greece by continuing to fund ongoing archaeological research into our own nation’s history is crazed.

    There is a reason why I keep hammering away at “Greek” leftists. They are not the exclusive source of problems for Greece but they are by far the biggest.

  3. It has always been the same story, left factions talk about justice, how more patriotic they are, how more independent and Greek they are….
    The reality is… the left would of love to have succeeded splitting up the Greek state into north and south in the civil war of the late forties.
    They have systematically ignored the achievements and our heritage of ancient Greece.
    Makes me think… maybe the left are the greatest ever heroes and saviors, that our so tormented Country, has ever produced.
    Why should we save and preserve the Amphipolis monument, or the ancient Olympia….
    and look upon them with pride? Now we eventually have the left to look upon like heroes.
    Heroes of total destruction is how they will be remembered.