Δευτέρα, 28 Ιανουαρίου 2013

Ancient Gold Wreath in Thessaloniki Subway




The ongoing dig for the Thessaloniki subway system has uncovered another gold wreath, which was found during the last excavation for what will the Republic Station stops.

The wreath was found inside a large box-type Macedonian tomb on the head of a buried body. The discovery was confirmed by the Athens News Agency, K.B. Misailidou, Director of 16th Ephorate of Prehistoric and Classical Antiquities, who didn’t provide information regarding the quality of the wreath and its exact dating.

According to sources, the wreath and the burial date back to the Early Hellenistic Period, at the end of the fourth – early 3rd Century B.C. It is the ninth gold wreath found during the excavations for the subway in Greece’s second-largest city.

In June 2008, four gold wreaths decorated with olive leaves, gold earrings and other Hellenistic-era artefacts were discovered in one of the 700 tombs of an ancient graveyard unearthed during construction work for the subway in the Sintrivani district. 

The new gold finding, which was buried for 2,500 years, was taken to the workshops of the 16th Ephorate of Prehistoric and Classical Antiquities in Thessaloniki to be cleaned and studied.

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