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French archaeologists discover an exceptional Gallic chariot tomb at Warcq in France
Art Daily ^ | Friday, July 4, 2014 | unattributed

Posted on 07/04/2014 8:35:24 PM PDT by SunkenCiv

A combined team composed of archaeologists from the Ardennes departmental archaeology unit and from Inrap is currently excavating a Gallic aristocratic tomb at Warcq (Ardennes)...

This type of aristocratic tomb emerges in the 7th century B.C. – during the first Iron Age – and ends with the end of the Gallic period. The oldest chariots have four wheels (like that found at Vix), while those from the second Iron Age have only two. The deceased person – who could be male or female – was generally inhumed on the chariot, which was an object of prestige and a symbol of social status. Champagne-Ardenne is famous for such tombs (particularly at Bourcq and Semide in the Ardennes), which are generally dated to the start of the second Iron Age (5th-4th century B.C.).

The excavation has currently revealed only the upper levels of this 15 m² funerary chamber. The chamber was covered with wood in the form of planks supported by a central span and with supports on the pit walls. Several elements of the chariot have already been revealed: the iron wheel bands, whose interiors are covered with gold leaf, probable hub decorations in bronze set with glass paste, and some planks. Finally, in the south east angle, decorative elements in bronze still connected to the wood of the shaft have been discovered. These atypical objects do not as yet enable an accurate determination of the chronology of the chariot tomb. Another rare feature is the discovery along the western wall of two small horses whose bones are still articulated...

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TOPICS: History; Science; Travel
KEYWORDS: celts; france; godsgravesglyphs; ironage
The excavation has currently revealed only the upper levels of this 15 m² funerary chamber. © Denis Gliksman, Inrap

The excavation has currently revealed only the upper levels of this 15 m² funerary chamber. © Denis Gliksman, Inrap

1 posted on 07/04/2014 8:35:24 PM PDT by SunkenCiv
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2 posted on 07/04/2014 8:36:22 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: SunkenCiv
That would be the resting place of some of my more remote family members.





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3 posted on 07/04/2014 8:47:19 PM PDT by ConorMacNessa (HM/2 USN, 3/5 Marines RVN 1969 - St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in Battle!)
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To: SunkenCiv

That’s the way to go. Send me out in a Saab 900 turbo or a 1968 British Spitfire.


4 posted on 07/04/2014 8:53:10 PM PDT by OftheOhio (never could dance but always could kata - Romeo company)
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To: SunkenCiv

I’m surprised if the chariot was in a war...I mean French and war... :-)


5 posted on 07/04/2014 9:05:22 PM PDT by ExCTCitizen (I'm ExCTCitizen and I approve this reply. If it does offend Libs, I'm NOT sorry...)
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To: SunkenCiv

I’m surprised if the chariot was in a war...I mean French and war... :-)


6 posted on 07/04/2014 9:05:22 PM PDT by ExCTCitizen (I'm ExCTCitizen and I approve this reply. If it does offend Libs, I'm NOT sorry...)
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To: ExCTCitizen

lol


7 posted on 07/04/2014 9:14:12 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans)
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To: SunkenCiv

Very cool.


8 posted on 07/04/2014 9:35:08 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: SunkenCiv

Wasn’t Elvis buried in his Cadillac?


9 posted on 07/04/2014 11:08:19 PM PDT by faithhopecharity ((Brilliant, Profound Tag Line Goes Here, just as soon as I can think of one..))
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To: ExCTCitizen

These aren’t the post-Norman French. These are Gauls, and the Gauls kicked ass regularly.


10 posted on 07/05/2014 3:26:38 AM PDT by Little Pig
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