Subway construction workers in Thessaloniki, Greece, have uncovered a golden olive branch that dates back approximately 2,300 years. Located at what will someday be the Republic Station stop, the wreath was found inside a large, box-like Macedonian tomb — and it was still on the head of a buried female body. The beautifully preserved wreath dates back to the Early Hellenistic Period, at the end of the Fourth to early Third Century B.C.E.
Thessaloniki is the second largest city in Greece and was founded back in 315 B.C.E by King Cassander of Macedon and named after his wife Thessalonike — the half-sister of Alexander the Great.
The discovery was confirmed by K.B. Misailidou, Director of 16th Ephorate of Prehistoric and Classical Antiquities. And amazingly, it's now the ninth wreath to be uncovered during these subway excavations (which started back in 2008).