'Rare' 2,000-year-old grave of Iron Age warrior discovered in West Sussex

Started by gash, January 29, 2020, 08:43:15 pm

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The grave of an Iron Age "warrior" buried 2,000 years ago has been discovered in West Sussex.

The "incredibly rare" find is one of only a handful known in the South of England and dates back to the late Iron Age or early Roman period (first century BC to AD50).

An iron spear and a sword in a highly decorated scabbard were found inside the grave, but the skeleton had not survived.

The discovery was made by a team from Archaeology South East (ASE), part of University College London, during excavations ahead of the building of 175 new homes near Chichester.

Archaeologists are working to find out more about the identity and social status of the individual.

Jim Stevenson, who is managing the post-excavation investigations into the burial, said: "There has been much discussion generally as to who the people buried in the 'warrior' tradition may have been in life.

"Were they really warriors, or just buried with the trappings of one?

Full article here :  https://news.sky.com/story/rare-2000-year-old-grave-of-iron-age-warrior-discovered-in-west-sussex-11920019?fbclid=IwAR0oO5nq3N-xWnKI9DR9VgnSiLIxkmnzIZwepe16gMJ7HSfbSOq8h91y6SQ
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