Skip to comments.TVAS News: North Berstead warrior burial, Bognor Regis
Posted on 06/13/2014 6:23:46 PM PDT by SunkenCiv
Archaeologists from TVAS have unearthed the grave of a warrior who died at around the time of Caesar's Gallic Wars, in the 50s BC...
The Iron Age people of this area were in essence pro-Roman, and the Emperor Claudius, a century later, launched an invasion, initially, to restore the local king Verica to his throne. Our deceased does not seem rich enough to have been a king, but his weaponry, and likely date of death, suggest he may have been one of the mercenaries Caesar claims were accustomed to fight for the Gauls against him, which he used as one of his pretexts for his abortive invasions of England. Cross-channel links of this rather shadowy kind have long been known, but this grave is one of the most exciting pieces of evidence yet found confirming the personal nature of these connections...
(Excerpt) Read more at tvas.co.uk ...
“Palstaves” — I love learning new things!
...two bronze latticework sheets....
Trying to get my brain around the beauty and the intricacy of the work on that bronze. I wonder how long that would have taken, given the tools and techniques available at the time. Amazing.
I’m fascinated by the lovely grave goods but troubled at the thought of a person’s grave being dissected in this way.
No one had known the grave was there — not even the deceased — so I’m glad it was found and studied. A Neolithic miner preserved in a salt mine cavein a few thousand years ago was found in the 18th or 18th c, and wasn’t studied, just given a church burial.
They made really nice bronze in the Bronze Age. :’)
The latticework on those pieces is breathtaking-I can’t imagine the time and effort that must have gone into such a thing-thanks so much for the article.
They did, indeed. Beautiful images. Thank you.
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