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Discovery of Celtic prince's grave from fifth century BC

The discovery of a grave belonging to an Iron-Age Celtic prince in France could date back as far as the 5th century BC.

Unearthing the past
Unearthing the past Image by Highways Agency / CC BY 2.0

The grave is located near Lavau in the country’s Champagne region. Ireland Central news website reports that the prince appears to be buried with his chariot at the centre of a massive mound measuring 130 feet in length.

The French National Archaeological Research Institute, Inrap, sent a team of archaeologists to work on the site last October with excavation due to end at the end of this month. Archaeologists are satisfied that the grave is that of a prince because of the number of valuable grave goods associated with a high status within Hallstattian elites.