Saturday, July 23, 2016

Thessaloniki subway work uncovers another ancient gold wreath

A golden wreath inside a large box-type Macedonian tomb on the head of a buried body has been found on the site of an ancient cemetery at what will be the Dimokratias Station for the new Thessaloniki subway.
Buried for some 2,300 years, the wreath was approximately dated to the Early Hellenistic Era, or the end of the fourth and early third century B.C. Gold wreaths are rare finds and are usually associated with royal or aristocratic graves. Featuring delicate decorations which imitated various leaves, such as oak, olive, vine, laurel and myrtle, the fragile gold wreaths were created primarily to be buried.

In 2008 archaeologists found eight Hellenistic era golden wreaths, again during subway work in Thessaloniki. The wreaths were placed within a female burial along with elaborately-crafted earrings and other artifacts.

About 23,000 ancient and medieval artifacts have been unearthed during the ongoing dig for the Thessaloniki subway system.