The tomb of the Prince of Lavau, one of the finds of the year in France

The tomb of the Prince of Lavau, one of the finds of the year in France

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During the National Days of Archeology, on June 19 and 21, 2015, the French National Archaeological Research Institute presented the results of your last excavation, which ended just a few days ago.

Perhaps the highlight is that a team of archaeologists from the Institute has unearthed the tomb of the prince of Lavau, dating from the 5th century BC., which contained a large quantity of funerary goods such as a Mediterranean bronze cauldron with two heads of lions and the head of the Archangel, an oinochoe, a jug used to extract wine from a crater, from Attica with figures drawn in black or bowls of bronze.

Lying in the center of the tomb with his head pointing south, the prince was buried with his carriage and is wearing his jewels.

Due to poor bone preservation, it was not possible to determine the sex of the person that was found in the grave. ¿The prince of Lavau could have been a princess? At the beginning of the 5th century, there were numerous tombs in northwestern France so caution must be exercised in interpreting funerary remains that belonged to the upper class of society. The tomb and its contents will be the subject of a complete biological and anthropological study.

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