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Greece: Ancient Macedonian Coins on Display

(GREEK NEWS AGENDA)   An exhibition featuring 270 silver and golden ancient Macedonian coins dating from the 6th to the 1st century BC will be inaugurated on February 26, 2009, at the Thessaloniki Archaeological Museum. Ancient Macedonia is considered to be one of the first places in the ancient world to adopt a currency and its numismatic tradition was transposed to and imitated later in other parts of the world, from the Celts in Western and Central Europe to the Arabian Peninsula. The coins of this exhibition are part of 4,000 Macedonian coins collection of Alpha Bank, which includes more than 10,000 ancient coins. The exhibition “Macedonia’s currency” will run until June 8.

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Archaeological Treasures Revealed in Greece

(GREEK NEWS AGENDA)     Excavations at the “Egnatia Odos SA” construction site near the city of Kavala have brought to light impressive archaeological finds dating from the years of the Roman Empire. Two human and 16 horse skeletons were revealed during the works. Experts believe that the finds are part of a Roman cemetery for wealthy inhabitants, since the act of burial of humans close to their horse was frequent among the prosperous. Other significant finds include four bronze coins dating from the 4th century A.D. as well as two-wheel vehicles (probably used in battle or for hunting) that bears relief representations of Hercules’ exploits.