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Bronze statuette of a farmer ploughing, Saone, France, 10th-6th century BC

Farmer with plough and animal. Bronze statuette from the Saone River, France. (c) Photograph by Erich Lessing

The tomb of an Iron Age Celtic prince has been unearthed in a small French town.  The 'exceptional' grave, crammed with Greek and possibly Etruscan artefacts, was discovered in a business zone on the outskirts of Lavau in France's Champagne region.  The prince is buried with his chariot at the centre of a huge mound, 130 feet (40 metres) across, which has been dated to the 5th Century BC.

Huge tomb of Celtic prince unearthed in France

Huge tomb of Celtic prince unearthed in France: 'Exceptional' burial chamber reveals stunning treasures (Daily Mail 06 March

Celtic helmet with coral and bronze decorations  (IV century BC) found in a tomb at Canosa, Southern Italy. As the Agris helmet in France, this artifact shows the match between Celtic and Italic cultures, more or less influenced by Etruscan and Greek models.

Celtic helmet with coral and bronze decorations century BCE) found in a tomb at Canosa, Southern Italy. As the Agris helmet in France, this artifact shows the match between Celtic and Italic cultures, more or less influenced by Etruscan and Greek models.

Tintignac helmet found with the Swan Helmet near Gallic shrine by archeologists in France in 2004. They date to the 3rd-4th century bc.  Photo from Le Monde

(France) Helmet found with the Swan Helmet near Gallic shrine in Tintignac, France in Both date to the century BCE.

Elmo da parata di ferro, bronzo, oro e corallo da Agris IV a.C.

The "Agris" Helmet, century BC, an ornamental helmet of iron with gold leaf. The helmet was found buried in a cave in Agris, Western France. The highly intricate decoration on this helmet is a remarkable example of the La Tène style of metal work.

( - p.mc.n.) The Witham Shield is an Iron Age decorative bronze shield facing of La Tène style, dating from about the 4th century BC. The shield was discovered in the River Witham in the vicinity of Washingborough and Fiskerton in Lincolnshire, England in 1826.

Witham Shield is an Iron Age decorative bronze shield facing of La Tène style, dating from about the century BC. The shield was discovered in the River Witham in the vicinity of Washingborough and Fiskerton in Lincolnshire, England in 1826

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Celtic Stater, late century BC Attributed to Dubnovellaunus, king of the Cantiaci, who ruled the Thanet area of Kent, south east England.

Gold Openwork for a Varnished Bowl from Schwazenbrach Celtic Art, 5th Century BC

(Celtic) Gold Openwork for a Varnished Bowl from Schwazenbrach Celtic Art. ca century BCE.

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