Greek treasures on display at Oxford's Ashmolean Museum


More than 500 gold, silver and bronze exhibits from a royal tomb have gone on display at Oxford's Ashmolean Museum.

They were discovered in the ancient palace of Aegae in Greece.

On display is a delicate golden wreath of myrtle flowers. Some of the finds date to the early Iron Age (1000 - 700 BC).

Macedonian art specialist, Dr Angeliki Kottaridi, said: "This exhibition is the most important Greek cultural event in many years."

The exhibition in the new temporary galleries at the Ashmolean Museum is a collaboration with the Museum of the Royal Tombs at Aegae and the Hellenic Ministry of Culture And Tourism.

Dr Christopher Brown, director of the museum said: "It is a tremendous honour for the Ashmolean to be the first place where people can see the latest discoveries from Aegae."

Heracles To Alexander The Great: Treasures from the Royal Capital of Macedon, A Hellenic Kingdom in the Age of Democracy, The Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, 7 April -29 August 2011.

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