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The Celtic Lady

Posted on June 11, 2018 at 10:15 PM

I have always been fascinated by ancient history and the past. I have wasted many an hour daydreaming of ancient civilizations. I tend to devour acarology news like it is going out of style. Every Dig, every find just giving us a brief glimpse as to what life may have been like for those remains we discover.

There is one discovery that really stands out and that was of the “Celtic Princess’ discovered in 2011 by German archeologists next to the river Danube in Heuneburg. They German experts took a tremendous amount of care and time as they took apart the grave to discover the secrets that lay beneath the soil.

The large wooden burial chamber contains the 2,600-year-old skeleton of an ancient Celtic noblewoman. Aged between 30 and 40 when she died, the high-born lady was buried with a cache of ornate treasures, such as gold necklaces set with pearls, and she was found wearing crafted amber around her waist.

The grave had been preserved by the water sodden soil so much so that the oak of the floor remained intact. So much so that they were able to date the oak tree to 2,630 years ago. The assumption is that they were felled for this Lady’s grave.

Finely worked gold and amber jewelry, including the pieces seen above, are among scores of Celtic treasures from a tomb recently unearthed in southern Germany.

According to Dr. Dirk Krausse when he spoke to the BBC    “It is the oldest princely female grave yet from the Celtic word.” He also noted “It is the only example of an Early Celtic Princely grave with a wooden Chamber” 

Nicole Ebenger-Rest has been doing much of the painstaking work, where she has discovered rings, broaches and even found some of our Lady's teeth. But what excited her the most according to the BBC article were the specks of organic matter and cloth that might give us instight to her daily life.

"It is a skeleton but it's still a human being so you have a natural respect," she said, looking her fellow human being in the face, across the divide of 26 centuries."It's a natural respect between two people."

This lavish grave confirms Heuneburg as one of the earliest centers of Celtic art and culture, according to excavation leaders. 

Reference Material : 

BBC Article :  https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-13225829

Ancient Orgins :   http://www.ancient-origins.net/ancient-places-europe/examining-rich-tomb-mysterious-celtic-princess-005388

Categories: Iron Age Celts

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