Wednesday, March 4, 2015

A Celtic Prince in Lavau

French archaeologists have announced the discovery of a major princely tomb of the fifth century BCE in the town of Lavau, outside Troyes in Champagne.

The tomb is within a mound 40 meters (130 feet) across.

The Celtic tomb is stocked with Greek and Etruscan artifacts imported from the Mediterranean, like this Greek vase.

The most spectacular object we have seen so far is the huge Etruscan cauldron, made of bronze.

Which is decorated with the faces of humans and lions.

This is not the first Celtic grave to contain such a object; this is the huge bronze crater from the grave at Vix, a woman buried around 500 BCE.

More objects from Lavau. I can't wait to find out more.

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