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Thessaloniki exhibits Vergina artifacts

golden container

Thessaloniki's Aristotle University displays the findings of a recent excavation at the Vergina archaeological site in northern Greece.

The artifacts, which were found in a tomb, include a golden cylindrical container for skeletal remains inside of which archaeologists found a gold oak-leaf wreath.

Found inside a bronze vessel, the container dates back to the end of the fourth century BCE and is described as  unique in terms of its size, the material from which it was made and its use.

A similar golden container was found during excavations in the 1980s and 1990s which dates to the fourth century BCE and bears the Sun of Vergina on its top.

The container held the skeletal remains of Alexander the Great's father King Philip II of Macedon as well as a golden wreath, Balkan Travellers reported.

Located in the prefecture of Imathia, Central Macedonia, Vergina is known for its archeological yields including the tomb of Philip II, which was discovered by Greek archaeologist Manolis Andronikos in 1977.

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