The deceased with the intact decorative plait: An uncommon discovery from Macedonia housed in the Thessaloniki Archaeological Museum

The rare find from the 3rd century AD kept in the Archaeological Museum of Thessaloniki

An impressive and rare find is kept in the Archaeological Museum of Thessaloniki. It is the skeleton of a woman found in 1962 during excavations in the area.

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The marble sarcophagus hid the skeleton of a woman in extremely good condition. But the most impressive thing is that her long hair was found intact, along with some of the clothing she was wearing when she was buried.

The intricate braid has remained unchanged over time, pointing to man’s timeless need to take care of his physical appearance.

The well-preserved dentition also makes an impression. Teeth have been an important element of research in many cases, shedding light on the age and even the nutritional evolution of the human species. The deceased was estimated to be 50-60 years old and 1.60 tall when she died. This is a burial from the 3rd century AD.


The well-sealed coffin together with some other factors such as the savannah, i.e. the wrapping of the corpse with a special white cloth, but also the possible use of plaster, which insulates moisture, have contributed to keeping the hair in excellent condition.

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