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Archaeologists Discover 'Princely' Funeral Complex in France

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"It is probably a local Celtic prince."

Photo credit: Denis Gliksman, Inrap

French archaeologists unearthed artifacts from an "outstanding princely" tomb in Lavau, a commune in France, dating back to the 5th century B.C.

The Iron Age, Celtic tomb held items of the "highest wealth," a news release (via an unofficial translation) from the National Archaeological Research Institute stated. They included an intricate bronze cauldron that featured the Greek river god.

Photo credit: Denis Gliksman, Inrap

Artifacts were of Etruscan and Greek influence, which Inrap president Dominique Garcia said is indicative of interactions between the Mediterranean and Celtic cultures, the Local in France reported.

Photo credit: Denis Gliksman, Inrap

The funeral complex, according to the news release, included cremation graves and circular mounds that were separated by moats. The main burial chamber though has not yet been opened by archaeologists.

Photo credit: Denis Gliksman, Inrap

"It is probably a local Celtic prince," Garcia said, according to the Local.

Find more photos from the excavation site on Inrap's website.

(H/T: Daily Mail)

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