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.