2,000-year-old Iron Age war­rior grave un­earthed in Eng­land

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Arichly fur­nished grave be­long­ing to an Iron Age ‘war­rior’ buried 2,000 years ago has been un­cov­ered in West Sus­sex by UCL ar­chae­ol­o­gists. The burial was dis­cov­ered dur­ing an ex­ca­va­tion com­mis­sioned by Lin­den Homes, who are de­vel­op­ing a site on the out­skirts of Wal­ber­ton, near Chich­ester.

Iron weapons had been placed in­side the grave, in­clud­ing a sword in a highly-dec­o­rated scab­bard and a spear. “Al­though the soil con­di­tions de­stroyed the skele­ton, the items dis­cov­ered within the grave sug­gest that the oc­cu­pant had been an im­por­tant in­di­vid­ual.”

The grave is dated to the late Iron Age/ early Ro­man pe­riod (1st cen­tury BCE – 50 CE). It is in­cred­i­bly rare, as only a hand­ful are known to ex­ist in the South of Eng­land.

X-rays and ini­tial con­ser­va­tion of the sword and scab­bard re­veal beau­ti­ful cop­per-al­loy dec­o­ra­tion at the scab­bard mouth, which would have been highly vis­i­ble when the sword was worn in life. Dot­ted lines on the X-ray may be the re­mains of a stud­ded gar­ment worn by the oc­cu­pant when buried. This is par­tic­u­larly ex­cit­ing for the ar­chae­ol­o­gists as ev­i­dence of cloth­ing rarely sur­vives.

The grave also held the re­mains of four ce­ramic ves­sels and a wooden con­tainer, pre­served as a dark stain, likely used to lower the in­di­vid­ual into the grave.

De­tails and X-rays from the sword un­earthed from the Iron Age war­rior grave

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