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Iron-Age Warrior Burial Uncovered in Southeastern England

Friday, June 13, 2014


Iron-Age-Warrior-Breastplate(Courtesy Thames Valley Archaeological Services)BOGNOR REGIS, ENGLAND—The grave of a warrior who was more than 30 years old at the time of his death around 50 B.C., at the time of Caesar’s Gallic Wars, has been discovered at the site of a new housing development in southeastern England. His large casket was bound by iron hoops and its top was framed with iron. Inside, archaeologists led by Andy Taylor of Thames Valley Archaeological Services found three large, intact pottery jars thought to have been crafted in Normandy for the purpose of the funeral. The man was also accompanied by an iron knife, a bronze cavalry helmet, and a bronze shield boss. Two bronze latticework sheets may have covered the shield.