Warrior’s Grave Discovered In Swiss Celtic Necropolis

Three exceptionally rich tombs, belonging to a large Celtic necropolis dated between 850 and 400 BC, have been discovered during excavations prior to the construction of a car park for the Fundación San José, on the site of Don Bosco, in Sion, al southwestern Switzerland.

Detail of the tomb of the warrior, with his finely chiselled bronze sword with ivory pommel.

Archaeologists have unearthed more than 30 tombs, dated between the late Bronze Age and the second Iron Age, in a burial mound necropolis “of national importance”, the Canton of Valais acknowledged on Friday. The latest excavations and studies indicate that the necropolis would occupy more than 10,000 m².

Tomb of the woman with torques, buried with bronze jewelry that includes four torques or rigid necklaces, a belt, two pins to keep the dress fixed, two bracelets and an ornamental ring for the ankle

Three tombs stand out for their splendid grave goods: the warrior’s tomb, consisting of an adult man buried with his finely chiselled bronze sword with ivory pommel, as well as numerous ornaments and a knife; the woman with torques, buried with bronze jewelry that includes four torques or rigid necklaces, a belt, two pins to keep the dress fixed, two bracelets and an ornamental ring for the ankle; and the girl with the gold necklace, a tomb containing the remains of a young woman and a necklace made from a series of finely chiseled gold discs and two pairs of bracelets.

Tomb of the girl with the gold necklace, a tomb containing the remains of a young woman and a necklace made from a series of finely chiselled gold discs and two pairs of bracelets.

Archaeological excavations expand knowledge about funerary practices of the first millennium BC, moving from burial to cremation of remains.

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