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Tomb of Celtic prince unearthed in France

By T.K. Randall
March 6, 2015 · Comment icon 5 comments

The tomb belonged to a wealthy Celtic elite. Image Credit: Valdoria
The Iron Age prince was discovered along with his chariot at the center of a huge mound near Lavau.
Dating back 2,500 years, the remains were housed within a 150-square-foot burial chamber inside the tomb which was itself contained within a mound measuring 130ft across.

"This exceptional tomb contains unique funerary artifacts, which are fitting for one of the highest elite of the end of the first Iron Age," France's National Archaeological Research Institute, which had been excavating the site since last October, said in a statement.
Among the artifacts found at the site was a bronze-decorated wine cauldron measuring over 3ft across and featuring bronze heads depicting the Greek god Acheloos. A ceramic wine vessel decorated with images of the god Dionysus was also found inside.

"It's likely a banqueting scene, which is a recurring theme in Greek iconography," said Inrap.

The Celts were believed to have had extensive contact with the Mediterranean world at that time with trades taking place for commodities such as metals, amber and even slaves.

Source: Discovery News | Comments (5)

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Comment icon #1 Posted by jarjarbinks 9 years ago
one of the good things about Europe, when you see a small hill, you never know what could be buried there...
Comment icon #2 Posted by Galahad 9 years ago
Same in Korea and other Asian countries. This was a amazing find!!
Comment icon #3 Posted by qxcontinuum 9 years ago
one of the good things about Europe, when you see a small hill, you never know what could be buried there... in America this is likely a golf club!
Comment icon #4 Posted by Still Waters 8 years ago
This is back in the news again. Update - On 5 March 2015, French archaeologists revealed to the world the presence of one of the most important discoveries in more than 50 years.A year on, the Lavau Prince has revealed many of his secrets to archaeologists, but a lot of mysteries remain. They hold the key to a better understanding of the Celtic civilisation that lived at the time, in the 5th century BC.
Comment icon #5 Posted by third_eye 8 years ago
Not quite the Savages that we were led to believe by the Roman Historians were they ? ~

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