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Hair-Gelled Celt May Have Been Sacrificed
The Scotsman ^ | 1-19-2006 | Laura Roberts

Posted on 01/19/2006 11:13:27 AM PST by blam

Hair-gelled Celt may have been sacrificed

LAURA ROBERTS

Experts recreated the head of the Iron Age man.

THE hair-gelled head of an ancient Celt, dubbed the Iron Age Beckham because of his slicked-back look, has been reconstructed by Scots scientists.

Examinations of the Clonycavan man, found fully preserved in a peat bog in Ireland, revealed he used a gel made from a mixture of plant oil and pine resin, believed to be from south-west France or Spain, on his hair.

The discovery has been held up as the first evidence of the trade of luxury goods between Ireland and Southern Europe 2,500 years ago.

Archaeologists suggest the gel may have been applied in an attempt to increase the man's diminutive stature - he was only 5ft 2in tall.

Now a team of scientists at the University of Dundee has reconstructed the Iron Age face from the man's preserved remains, and Dr Caroline Wilkinson, a forensic anthropologist, said that the discovery of the primitive hair product was one of the more "surprising" finds of the project.

"He has quite a forward-facing profile and not a very strong chin, but I don't think he'd look all that different to the faces you see today," she said.

The forensic scientists were in an unusual position when reconstructing the man's facial features because his skull had dissolved due to the acidic chemical composition of the peat bog where he was found.

This meant they had to create a human face by "reinflating" the squashed but preserved soft tissue of Clonycavan man, named after the area where he was found.

Caroline Needham, a forensic artist who added skin tone, glass eyes and hair to a clay model depicting the man's likely appearance, said: "Because we did not have a skeletal structure to work from, we had to work from soft tissue which was very squashed. Fortunately there was some jawbone that we could work from.

"Not having a skull to work from means it is difficult to pin down things like nose width, but when drawing on the features we consulted the archaeologists about what they wanted.

"We made his skin weathered as he would have been outdoors a lot."

Archaeologists believe that Clonycavan man was an aristocrat who may have been part of a ritualistic sacrifice. The mummified corpse had signs of violent blows to the back of the head.

Ned Kelly, the head of antiquities at the National Museum of Ireland, said: "My belief is that these burials are offerings to the gods of fertility by kings to ensure a successful reign."

The body was found by a farmer operating a peat-cutting machine in 2003 in Clonycavan, near Dublin. The man had been so well preserved that detectives originally thought he was a victim of an IRA murder from the 1970s.

It is now thought that he lived between 392 and 201BC. Since being found, the body has been preserved in wet peat and exposed for only two days at a time. More than 350 "bog bodies" have been found in Northern Europe, although fleshed remains are extremely rare.


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KEYWORDS: ancientautopsies; been; celt; fartyshadesofgreen; gelled; godsgravesglyphs; hair; have; ireland; may; sacrificed

1 posted on 01/19/2006 11:13:29 AM PST by blam
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To: SunkenCiv

GGG Ping.


2 posted on 01/19/2006 11:14:03 AM PST by blam
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To: blam
Wow, the first greaser?? Neat!

;o)
3 posted on 01/19/2006 11:15:36 AM PST by LIConFem (A fronte praecipitium, a tergo lupi.)
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To: blam
The guy was probably adulterous with some powerful guy's wife and had to go, they sent Guido and you finally found him today.
4 posted on 01/19/2006 11:16:17 AM PST by A CA Guy (God Bless America, God bless and keep safe our fighting men and women.)
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To: blam
His clothes were also preserved and made of polyester fibers with a wide collar and stitched pockets. His shoes are of a slick shine made from leather with platform heels. He was also wearing gold chins around his neck.
5 posted on 01/19/2006 11:22:01 AM PST by reagandemo (The battle is near are you ready for the sacrifice?)
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To: blam

> was an aristocrat who may have been part of a ritualistic sacrifice.

And people suggest ancient pagans were barbaric. *THEY* knew what to do with aristocrats.


6 posted on 01/19/2006 11:22:22 AM PST by orionblamblam (A furore Normannorum libra nos, Domine)
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To: blam
Archaeologists believe that Clonycavan man was an aristocrat who may have been part of a ritualistic sacrifice.

I've never heard of aristocrat sacrifice before. Murder, yes, sacrifice no.

7 posted on 01/19/2006 11:22:25 AM PST by TXBubba ( Democrats: If they don't abort you then they will tax you to death.)
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To: blam
"He has quite a forward-facing profile and not a very strong chin, but I don't think he'd look all that different to the faces you see today," she said.

I guess not. It was only 2,500 years ago. He was a modern human.

On a different note, what were the territories now comprising France doing trading mousse with Bronze Age Irish Celts? Everyone knows Europe had no civilization until the Ottoman Empire enlightened it. (no sarcasm tag necessary, I hope)

8 posted on 01/19/2006 11:24:22 AM PST by cake_crumb (Leftist Credo: One Wing to Rule them All and to the Darkside Bind them)
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To: reagandemo

That's why they offed him.


9 posted on 01/19/2006 11:25:58 AM PST by Dead Dog
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To: blam
Ned Kelly, the head of antiquities at the National Museum of Ireland, said: "My belief is that these burials are offerings to the gods of fertility by kings to ensure a successful reign."

More likely - IF he was an aristocrat he was "sacrificed" to ensure leadership went to the one deemed "more worthy to rule" (in other words, his killer or the guy who hired it done)

Saying a man was ritually sacrificed by being bludgeoned from behind is strikingly similar to "he committed suicide by firing five shots into the back of his head"

10 posted on 01/19/2006 11:29:00 AM PST by cake_crumb (Leftist Credo: One Wing to Rule them All and to the Darkside Bind them)
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To: A CA Guy
they sent Guido and you finally found him today.

Uh, that would be "O'Guido" ;) ....

LQ

11 posted on 01/19/2006 11:30:22 AM PST by LizardQueen (The world is not out to get you, except in the sense that the world is out to get everyone.)
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To: LIConFem
"Wow, the first greaser?? Neat!"

May be the first greaser, but he would have been more attractive with a DUCK TAIL. :-)

12 posted on 01/19/2006 11:37:01 AM PST by Spunky ("Everyone has a freedom of choice, but not of consequences.")
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To: blam

Hair gelled? I don't know - first name that comes to mind is McSquiggy.


13 posted on 01/19/2006 11:38:12 AM PST by Tennessee_Bob ("Those who "abjure" violence can only do so because others are committing violence on their behalf.")
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To: blam

It's Clay Aiken!

14 posted on 01/19/2006 11:57:23 AM PST by SerpentDove (Mary Jo Kopechne.)
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To: blam

I am just relieved that the word "metro-sexual" did not appear anywhere in the article...


15 posted on 01/19/2006 12:02:52 PM PST by philled
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To: blam

Not only hair gel, but it looks like he had his eyebrows waxed.


16 posted on 01/19/2006 12:06:18 PM PST by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: blam

A little dab'll do ya!
(the youngsters here will have no idea what that refers to)


17 posted on 01/19/2006 12:08:32 PM PST by Kirkwood
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To: Kirkwood
"(the youngsters here will have no idea what that refers to)"

LOL, or Vitalis either.

18 posted on 01/19/2006 12:14:03 PM PST by blam
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To: blam

Brylcream, a little dab'll do ya!


19 posted on 01/19/2006 12:18:10 PM PST by lilylangtree
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To: stylecouncilor

ping


20 posted on 01/19/2006 12:19:14 PM PST by windcliff
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To: cake_crumb
Saying a man was ritually sacrificed by being bludgeoned from behind is strikingly similar to "he committed suicide by firing five shots into the back of his head"

It's anthropology, if you don't understand why something was done it was for religion.

21 posted on 01/19/2006 12:20:45 PM PST by cryptical
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To: blam

When jimmy came back home he was surprised that they were gone
He asked me all the details of the train that they went on
Some people they are scared to croak but jimmy drank until he choked
And he took the road for heaven in the morning

We walked him to the station in the rain
We kissed him as we put him on the train
And we sang him a song of times long gone
Though we knew that we’d be seeing him again

22 posted on 01/19/2006 12:22:41 PM PST by Tijeras_Slim ("We're a meat-based society.")
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To: blam
Nothing too unusual about this. Eastern Woodland Native American tribes used to use all kinds of animal fat in their hair--especially bear-fat. It was used to keep the insect infestation down. Better bear fat than bugs.

Apparently, it didn't do much for one's smell, though.
23 posted on 01/19/2006 12:27:14 PM PST by Antoninus (The greatest gift parents can give their children is siblings.)
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To: cryptical
It's anthropology, if you don't understand why something was done it was for religion.

Exactly. One wonders what people 2,000 years from now will make of our landfills--particularly the ones that contain aborted fetuses.

They will correctly deduce that we were a sick, depraved culture that practiced baby sacrifice.
24 posted on 01/19/2006 12:30:11 PM PST by Antoninus (The greatest gift parents can give their children is siblings.)
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To: TXBubba
I've never heard of aristocrat sacrifice before. Murder, yes, sacrifice no.

God of the Witches, by Margaret Murray, outlines a European fertility religion based on King sacrifice which she claims persisted from at least eight thousand years ago into historical times.

25 posted on 01/19/2006 12:30:37 PM PST by Grut
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To: SerpentDove

Looks like Will Farrell.


26 posted on 01/19/2006 12:31:16 PM PST by VanDeKoik (Have a Merry Tuesday and a Happy Day After Thursday.)
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To: Spunky

May be the first greaser, but he would have been more attractive with a DUCK TAIL.....He HAD one. In his pocket.


27 posted on 01/19/2006 12:36:03 PM PST by Safetgiver (Noone spoke when the levee done broke, Blanco cried and Nagin lied.)
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To: Grut

Re #25. It's NOT good to be the King?


28 posted on 01/19/2006 12:39:02 PM PST by Safetgiver (Noone spoke when the levee done broke, Blanco cried and Nagin lied.)
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To: blam; SunkenCiv
Archaeologists believe that Clonycavan man was an aristocrat who may have been part of a ritualistic sacrifice.

The Holy Mugging with the Sacred Cudgel, to mystically enrich the Pius Hermit, who saw him as the gods' Gift to the Deflated Purse Ritual?

29 posted on 01/19/2006 12:39:24 PM PST by ApplegateRanch (Mad-Mo! Allah bin Satan commands ye: Bow to him 5 times/day: Head down, @ss-up, and fart at Heaven!)
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To: blam
If your skull is dissolved away by acids, you aren't fully preserverd. Sheesh. What passes for science reporting these days.
30 posted on 01/19/2006 12:45:41 PM PST by frgoff
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To: Safetgiver
It's NOT good to be the King?

IIRC, the King was sacrificed every seven years. Timing is everything.

31 posted on 01/19/2006 12:57:52 PM PST by Grut
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32 posted on 01/19/2006 10:34:25 PM PST by SunkenCiv (In the long run, there is only the short run.)
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To: blam
Hair-Gelled Celt

A metro-celtual?

33 posted on 01/19/2006 10:45:20 PM PST by Larry Lucido
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To: blam

34 posted on 01/20/2006 1:45:32 AM PST by uglybiker (Iraqis have purple on their fingers. Liberals have brown on their thumbs.)
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To: blam

Have you been using that greasy kid stuff?


35 posted on 01/20/2006 1:54:42 AM PST by HiTech RedNeck
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To: reagandemo

36 posted on 01/20/2006 2:06:34 AM PST by chemicalman (Many have skeletons in their closets. In New Orleans, we have skeletons in our attics.)
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To: TXBubba
"I've never heard of aristocrat sacrifice before. Murder, yes, sacrifice no"

Joseph Campbell on mythology, writes that Kingship first arose as a form of sacrifice whereby a person was elevated to the kingship position for 7 years or so and then sacrificed. The pool of candidates for kingship was limited to the societal elites.

37 posted on 01/20/2006 2:59:38 AM PST by muir_redwoods (Free Sirhan Sirhan, after all, the bastard who killed Mary Jo Kopechne is walking around free)
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You'd think the first thing a new King would do is abolish this rule....


38 posted on 01/20/2006 3:02:03 AM PST by HiTech RedNeck
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"You'd think the first thing a new King would do is abolish this rule...."

Excellent point but they were true believers. One of the reasons for using the elites was that they felt the societal pressure of clan and family more than the common folk did and could be relied upon to play the game. The reward was "It is good to be the king" even if for only 7 years. Lots of wives, concubines and children and a life of comfort.

39 posted on 01/20/2006 3:27:56 AM PST by muir_redwoods (Free Sirhan Sirhan, after all, the bastard who killed Mary Jo Kopechne is walking around free)
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To: blam
Ned Kelly, the head of antiquities at the National Museum of Ireland, said: "My belief is that these burials are offerings to the gods of fertility by kings to ensure a successful reign."

Interesting theory.

40 posted on 01/20/2006 7:27:12 AM PST by Dustbunny (As happy as a toad in the Lord's pocket.)
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To: VanDeKoik

Looks like Simon Cowell after listening to a particularly bad Idol contestant.


41 posted on 01/20/2006 12:14:16 PM PST by Ciexyz (Let us always remember, the Lord is in control.)
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