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Old February 5th, 2019 #1
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Default Skull fragments suggest Iron Age Celts in southern France tried to embalm severed heads

Skull fragments suggest Iron Age Celts in southern France tried to embalm severed heads


A team of researchers from University Paul-Valéry Montpellier and UMR-IMBE, Université d'Avignon has found evidence of possible embalming of severed heads by Iron Age Celts living in southern France. In their paper published in Journal of Archaeological Science, the group describes their study of skull fragments excavated at a dig site near Le Cailar, in southern France, and what their analysis found.

https://phys.org/news/2019-02-skull-...age-celts.html
 
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The researchers suggest the resin within the skull fragments resulted from dipping the skulls in a resin-based liquid as a means of slowing decay—a form of embalming. They note also that all of the skull fragments were found inside the walls of the compound, suggesting that the heads had been mounted for those living inside, rather than as a means of frightening would-be attackers.

The researchers also report that they have not yet found any evidence that might explain the reason for embalming the heads, but suggest it might have been a means of showing respect to well-known warriors. The hope to learn more as excavation continues at the site.

Read more at: https://phys.org/news/2019-02-skull-...celts.html#jCp
 
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