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    The lost capital of the ancient kingdom of Macedonia may have been discovered in northern Greece.

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    SV Zoom in reporter John Darby asking interviewer Professor Manolis Andronikos, who answers in English, with scenes of ancient tomb thought to be that of King Philip II of Macedonia.

    DARBY: "Professor, what actually have you announced to the conference today?"

    ANDRONIKOS: "Well, I've said about the finds of the previous year and also I announced the finds of a second and a third tomb - a second unrobbed tomb."

    DARBY: "And this, I gather, is a very significant find."

    ANDRONIKOS: "Well, it is. Not so significant as the other one, but it strengthens the general opinion we have about the importance of the cemetery and now I can say that, with confidence we can say, that this is the royal tombs of Macedon and that the place is the ancient capital called Aeges."

    DARBY: "With people looking for so many years for the tombs of Macedon, why weren't they found before?"

    ANDRONIKOS: "Well, I can't say. I don't know, I don't know if anyone was searching for the tombs of the kings of Macedon. Even me, I don't go searching for the royal tombs. I was just searching for a tomb, a Macedonian tomb, that was all."

    DARBY: "Does the find, or the finds, significantly increase our knowledge of this particular period?"

    ANDRONIKOS: "Yes certainly, certainly. We have so many finds, so many objects, pottery. We have metalwork, we have sculpture, we have painting. That's the most important, the royal paintings. It's the first time we've found the ancient Greek painting, the big painting."

    DARBY: "With such valuable finds, are you ever concerned about the possibility of twentieth century graverobbers?"

    ANDRONIKOS: "We don't fear graverobbers. I don't fear now, because the tumulus, as probably you know, in the village, not in a desert place. It's between the houses and the villagers are very proud of it and they keep it themselves. Of course, we have guardians."

    DARBY: "Now the contents of the first tomb have gone on public display. When do you expect the contents from the second find to go on display?"

    ANDRONIKOS: "Well, I don't know yet, but, well, I hope that in 1979, will be able."

    DARBY: "Do you expect any other major finds in the near future?"

    ANDRONIKOS: "We always have hopes for something more. Well, I expect something. I don't really know."

    DARBY: "You can't tell us exactly what?"

    ANDRONIKOS: "Well, another tomb."

    DARBY: "Professor, thank you very much."

    ANDRONIKOS: "You're welcome."

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    Background: The lost capital of the ancient kingdom of Macedonia may have been discovered in northern Greece. This announcement was made on Monday (September 4) to an excited audience during the opening session of the International Congress of Classical Archaeology in London. Professor Manolis Andronikos of Thessalonika University said there was now new evidence that Aeges, the capital in the fourth century B.C., was at modern Vergina, where three tombs have been unearthed. The first tomb was discovered last year and is thought to be that of Philip of Macedon, father of Alexander the Great. The third tomb, whose contents were a closely-guarded secret until Monday, was only found in August.

    SYNOPSIS: More than a thousand archaeological experts from around the wold attended the 11th Congress, held in the main hall of London University. After addressing the delegates, Professor Andronikos spoke with Visnews reporter John Darby.

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