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    "Archaeologists find ancient skeleton of a man buried with a shield in England

    Archaeologists have unearthed the ancient remains of a man buried with a shield in England, which is characteristic of an Iron Age burial belonging to the Arras culture, a civilization that existed in what is now Yorkshire and is known for its impressive burials and grave goods.

    Researchers discovered the skeleton, which dates back at least 2,000 years, during excavations for a housing subdivision of 77 houses to be developed in Pocklington. In many places around the world, whenever ground is broken authorities require the property developers to do archaeological excavations to determine whether there are human or cultural remains under the earth. Many valuable archaeological finds have been made because of excavations in advance of property development.

    MAP Archaeological Practice said the man was of impressive stature. Eighty-two other burials have been unearthed at the site in 38 square barrows. Jewelry, a sword and now the shield have been found buried with bodies so far. Other valuable grave goods have been found at Arras culture burials in Yorkshire."

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    "The Arras culture is an archaeological culture of the Middle Iron Age in East Yorkshire, England.[1] It takes its name from the cemetery site of Arras, at Arras Farm, (53.86°N 0.59°W) near Market Weighton, which was discovered in the 19th century.[2] The site spans three fields, bisected by the main east-west road between Market Weighton and Beverley, and is arable farmland; little to no remains are visible above ground. The extent of the Arras culture is loosely associated with the Parisi tribe of pre-Roman Britain.

    The culture is defined by its burial practices, which are uncommon outside East Yorkshire, but are found in continental Europe, and show some similarities with those of the La Tène culture. The inhumations include chariot burials, or burials in square enclosures, or both; in contrast to continental inhumations the cemeteries were crowded, not extended, and the chariots typically disassembled. The burials have been dated from the latter part of the 1st millennium BC to the Roman conquest (about 70 AD). The burial goods and chariot designs were primarily British in style, not continental. Many of the archaeological finds are in the Yorkshire Museum and the British Museum"

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    Cool! Thank you for posting this.


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      Originally posted by MerryB View Post
      Cool! Thank you for posting this.
      "The Brigantes were a Celtic tribe who in pre-Roman times controlled the largest section of what would become Northern England. Their territory, often referred to as Brigantia was centred in what was later known as Yorkshire. The Greek geographer Ptolemy named the Brigantes as a tribe in Ireland also, where they could be found around Wexford, Kilkenny and Waterford[1] while another probably Celtic tribe named Brigantii is mentioned by Strabo as a sub-tribe of the Vindelici in the region of the Alps."