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 center of a huge mound, 130 feet (40 meters) across, which has been dated to the 5th Century BC.
A team from the National Archaeological Research Institute, Inrap has been excavating the site since October last year.
They recently dated it to the end of the First Iron Age – a period characterised by the widespread use of the metal.
Its discovery could shed light on Iron Age European trade, researchers say.
The 2,500-year-old burial mound has at its heart a 14 square meter burial chamber, not yet opened, of an ancient royal.