Greek treasures on display at Oxford’s Ashmolean Museum

Treasures from the palace of Aegae in Greece are being shown to the public in Oxford.

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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