A significant Macedonian tomb, belonging to a prominent resident of Aigai buried alongside his wife, was unearthed during sewage construction work at the ancient Macedonian city of Aigai in modern Vergina, Macedonia, Greece.

The discovery, along with other significant findings brought to light by archaeological excavation last year in the city and necropolis of the archaeological site at Aigai, was presented at the 36th annual Archaeological Meeting on “Archaeological Work in Macedonia and Thrace in 2023,” held in Thessaloniki.

The tomb, dating to the third century B.C., was located in an area with burial mounds, in the northwest corner of the necropolis, which intersected with the sewage drain. The tomb’s facade was doorless, with a threshold opening closed with stones. Moreover, archaeologists found a very precious funerary pyre at the site, providing interesting insights.

The colorful frescoes on the facade, as observed by archaeologists, come from two phases, which is explained because later the man’s wife was also buried there. Honorary Ephorate of Antiquities Angeliki Kottaridi presented photos of the jewelry found in the tomb, supporting this claim, while a standout among the finds is a golden myrtle wreath.