This golden wreath was uncovered during the Thessaloniki metro excavations.
Last week, excavations for the construction of a new subway system in Thessaloniki uncovered a 2300-year-old golden olive branch wreath in a Macedonian cist tomb. Thessaloniki, the second-largest city in Greece, was founded in 315 B.C.E. by King Cassander of Macedon and named after his wife (the half-sister of Alexander the Great) Thessalonike. Thessaloniki developed an early Christian center, which later became the second wealthiest city in the Byzantine Empire. Excavations of the Thessalonian metro uncovered eight other Hellenistic golden wreaths in a unique female burial in 2008. As the city progresses forward with its new transportation system, its earliest antiquities are coming back to light.
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