The ancient Aliki quarry at Thasos. Though a Greek island in the northern Aegean Sea, the area was once geographically part of Macedonia.

An impressive ancient quarry partially submerged in the sea: The Aliki quarry on the southern shores of the island of Thassos (Greece) symbolises ancient stone work and trade, with the Mediterranean as the connecting link since time immemorial.

It also symbolises how quarrying may shape the landscape over the centuries. A coarse-grained, white calcitic marble, Aliki was a highly prized stone in Antiquity, exported throughout the Eastern Mediterranean to places such as Thessalonica, Delphi, Ostia, Rome, Ephesos, Antioch and Cyrenaica.

Extraction may have started in the 6th Century BC, and it ceased more than a thousand years later in the early 7th Century, perhaps due to an earthquake. The ancient quarrying techniques are well displayed by the bay of Aliki and the nearby shorelines of the island, and the quarries are easily accessible for tourists. (quarryscapes)

On a closer observation, Roman wedge holes as well as marks from picks and chisels can still be seen.

Photos courtesy & taken by Joanna Papanikolaou.

A diadem from 4th century BC discovered in one of the Macedonian royal tombs in Vergina Greece, owned by one of the wives of Philip of Macedon, father of Alexander the Great.

Ένα διάδημα από τον 4ο αιώνα π.Χ. ανακαλύφθηκε σε έναν από τους βασιλικούς Μακεδονικούς τάφους της Βεργίνας στην Ελλάδα. Ανήκαν σε μία από τις συζύγους του Φιλίππου, πατέρα του Μεγάλου Αλεξάνδρου.

Well she descends from one of the generals of Alexander the Great who are Greek Macedonians. So there is no question there that she comes from a line of Greeks. It gets a little bit more certain because they tend to…they intermarried. The 13 or 14 marriages in her dynasty, ten of them were brother-sister marriages. So there’s really no foreign blood whatsoever in this dynasty, they are truly Greek Macedonian to the hilt. There may have been a Persian princess who slipped in there somewhere, but otherwise you’re really talking about a woman who was as Greek in terms of ethnicity, in terms of culture, in terms of education, as you could be in that world.

Stacy Schiff

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Macedonian Tomb Opens its Doors

A Macedonian tomb in Xanthi, Greece, opens its doors to the public tomorrow morning.

The monument remains closed, as there is no permanent security guard on the spot, while those wishing to visit, have to contact the relevant Archaeological Ephorate to arrange for an appointment and tour.

“The tomb is in very good condition. Anyone who wishes to visit, can call our service and arrange for the monument guard to open it for them and for an archaeologist to give them a tour,” said to “thrakitoday” website the archaeologist responsible for the site, Kyriaki Chatziprokopiou. She also stressed that “there are 6 graves of Macedonian type in Thrace but this specific one is the largest and the best preserved, the most elaborate tomb in relation to others who have been discovered.” Read more.


Galincik Wedding

“Through this ring I look at you, welcome me to your heart”

Galiċnik is a small village in the mountains of Macedonia known worldwide for organizing collective weddings each year on St. Peter’s day. In its time of glory, there were as many as 30 weddings being organized on July 21. Nowadays there are less and less, but the ceremony is still gathering tourists from all over the world appealed by the amazing costumes and the intricate rite.

According to the tradition, the wedding ceremony begins Saturday evening, at the sunset, when the groom hangs on the right side of his house a flag decorated with flowers. Gunfire announces his departure towards the village, where he meets his best men for a celebration that includes music, wine and well, partying. The next is the mother-in-law’s dance and then a traditional dance, after which the groom and his party head towards the bride’s home carrying torches. All through the night, everybody dances and is enjoying a nice time.

Sunday morning, the groom and his family go to visit their ancestors at the cemetery and ask for their blessing. Later on, back at his home, while the groom gets ready (gets a shave and a haircut) the party sings a farewell song, which sounds very familiar to the Romanian lyrics sang to the bride while women put her veil on.

Meanwhile, the bride gets dressed in the traditional wedding gown of the Galiċnik village, wearing a beautiful red costume, with long sleeves and fringes at the end, white batik, silver and gold coins around her waist and a red and black skirt. Both the bride’s and the groom’s wedding costumes are traditional, being hand sewed with silk and gold strings and decorated with folkloric elements specific to the Macedonian region. The costumes get so heavy that the bride’s wedding gown gets to weigh almost 40 kilos.
Later that day, the groom and his party arrive at the bride’s house riding horses. Here are welcomed by the bride who looks through her wedding band and says: “Through this ring I look at you, welcome me to your heart”. The whole wedding party heads to the village fountain, where the bride fills up pots with water, while men dance the teskoto, a celebration dance of their ancestors who faced hardships working as emigrants. Sunday after-noon, at the St. Peter and Paul church, takes place the last part of the wedding ceremony. After that, the newly-weds dance the bride’s dance and go back at the groom’s house riding their horse. (X)

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The circular stone in three layers, black on white on blue-black, carved with the head of the Macedonian king in profile to the right, wearing a diadem in his characteristic tousled hair, the upper edge of the horn of Ammon in black; mounted as a brooch in a late 19th century gold setting ornamented with filigree and granulation, and hanging on a modern gold chain.


Gold Macedonian Stater from Kolophon, reign of Philip III Arrhidaios c. 323-319 BC

Laureate head of Apollo right, with the features of Alexander III the Great. On the reverse ΦIΛIΠΠOY, charioteer, holding kentron and reins, driving galloping biga right; below, tripod.

A splendid Hellenistic portrait of the finest style. Superb extremely fine.

While it lacks the customary forehead cowlick or “anastole” found in most images of Alexander the Great, the uncanny resemblance of the facial features seen on this type to known portraits of Alexander leave little doubt that the uncommonly talented die engraver is seeking to evoke the great conqueror with this magnificent depiction. As such, the coin could be seen as an appeal to unity for the Macedonian marshals seeking to carve up Alexander’s vast empire by the weakening central government under the nominal rule of Philip III Arrhidaios and the infant Alexander IV.

Kolophon was was an ancient city in Ionia. Founded around the turn of the first millennium BC, it was likely one of the oldest of the twelve cities of the Ionian League.