Archaeologists in the region of Kozani in northern Greece have unearthed an intact tomb of a woman. It was filled with offerings and dates to the late Hellenistic period (end of 1st century BC).

The tomb was found 1.5 metres beneath the site where a home was recently demolished as part of mining work in the village of Mavropigi. The richly adorned body was on an elaborate bronze funeral bed, which is “in excellent condition,” while a gold leaf was found in her mouth.

Areti Chondrogianni-Metoki, director of the Kozani Ephorate of Antiquities:

"We’re dealing with a rich woman or someone who held an important position in the society of the time."

The woman’s remains were taken to the Archaeological Museum of Aiani, where they will be examined to ascertain her age and even the cause of death.