The remains of an ancient stadium were recently discovered in the northern Greek city of Vergina, believed by experts to have once been the Macedonian Kings' capital.
GV EXTERIOR Professor Manolis Andronikos strolling around ampitheatre (his voice underlaid throughout)
GV PAN Workers standing near slabs of stone.
GV Workers digging trench with picks.
SV PULL BACK TO LV Professor and assistant standing and studying stones.
TRAVELLING SHOT ALONG Row of stone seats in ampitheatre.
TRAVELLING SHOT PAST AND AROUND Workers in ampitheatre.
TRAVELLING SHOT ALONG Row of seats.
CV Workers wielding picks PAN TO supervisor with documents.
LV Workers in distance.
TRANSCRIPT: ANDRONIKOS:"Well, as I announced some weeks ago, this isn't very likely place to find one of the most important buildings of the first capital of Macedon, that is the theatre. As you probably know, the theatre was the place where Philip the Second, Alexander the Great's father was murdered in 336 B.C. Well we always hoped to find, but we knew that was a difficult task. This year we had the chance to find this theatre, that is of the first row, and also the canal, which collected the rain waters. And yesterday, just yesterday (October 3, 1982) we found the centre of the orchestra, which the ancient call 'Thmeli' (phonetic). We don't expect to find more seats, because we are sure that the seats above the first row were from wood, and this is evidence, I think, of the antiquity of the theatre. I cannot say exactly the date but I am convinced that can be dated to the fourth century."
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Background: The remains of an ancient stadium were recently discovered in the northern Greek city of Vergina, believed by experts to have once been the Macedonian Kings' capital. Professor Manolis Andronikos, who led the team of archaeologists, explained what gave the find its particular interest. It was in this stadium, he revealed, that King Philip the Second, father of Alexander the Great, was said to have been murdered by one of his army officers in 336 B.C. Professor Andronikos also said his team had only dug up one row of stone seats, because all but those in the first row were made of wood in the early days of Greek civilisation.