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The warrior of the Iron Age Tomb is buried with sword, sheath and spear

The Iron Age warrior buried with a sword, sheath and spear after his death 2,000 years ago is discovered by builders in West Sussex

  • The remains were found on the outskirts of Walberton, near Chichester.
  • The male body was buried with a sword in a highly decorated sheath
  • A long spear was also found next to the 2,000-year-old skeleton.
  • Archaeologists hope to learn about the identity and social status of the individual.

An Iron Age warrior who lived 2,000 years ago was unearthed in West Sussex, surrounded by his weapons.

Builders working in 175 new houses on the outskirts of Walberton, near Chichester, stumbled upon the remains and archaeologists were recruited to study the grave.

Experts found an iron sword in a very decorated sheath and a spear in the grave.

Evidence was also found of a wooden coffin and four ceramic pots, which may have been full of food to help the deceased move to the next life.

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The warrior's grave contained a sheathed sword and a spear, as well as the remains of a wooden vessel, preserved as a dark spot, probably used to lower the individual to the grave (pictured)

The warrior’s grave contained a sheathed sword and a spear, as well as the remains of a wooden vessel, preserved as a dark spot, probably used to lower the individual to the grave (pictured)

An Iron Age warrior who lived 2,000 years ago was unearthed in West Sussex surrounded by his weapons.

An Iron Age warrior who lived 2,000 years ago was unearthed in West Sussex surrounded by his weapons.

An Iron Age warrior who lived 2,000 years ago was unearthed in West Sussex surrounded by his weapons.

The team that made the discovery was from Archeology South-East (ASE), the commercial branch of the UCL Institute of Archeology.

ASE archaeologist Jim Stevenson, who directs post-excavation burial investigations, said: “In general, there has been a lot of discussion about who people may have been buried in the” warrior “tradition in life.

Were they really warriors, or just buried with one’s traps?

“Although soil conditions destroyed the skeleton, objects discovered inside the grave suggest that the occupant had been an important individual.”

Four ceramic containers were placed outside this container, but still inside the grave. The containers are jars made from local clays and would generally have been used to prepare, cook and store food.

Four ceramic containers were placed outside this container, but still inside the grave. The containers are jars made from local clays and would generally have been used to prepare, cook and store food

Four ceramic containers were placed outside this container, but still inside the grave. The containers are jars made from local clays and would generally have been used to prepare, cook and store food

In the image, X-rays and initial conservation of the sword. The analysis revealed a detailed decoration of copper alloy in the mouth of the sheath, which would have been very visible when the sword was used in life

In the image, X-rays and initial conservation of the sword. The analysis revealed a detailed decoration of copper alloy in the mouth of the sheath, which would have been very visible when the sword was used in life

In the image, X-rays and initial conservation of the sword. The analysis revealed a detailed decoration of copper alloy in the mouth of the sheath, which would have been very visible when the sword was used in life

Builders working in 175 new houses on the outskirts of Walberton, near Chichester, stumbled upon the remains and archaeologists were recruited to study the grave.

Builders working in 175 new houses on the outskirts of Walberton, near Chichester, stumbled upon the remains and archaeologists were recruited to study the grave.

Builders working in 175 new houses on the outskirts of Walberton, near Chichester, stumbled upon the remains and archaeologists were recruited to study the grave.

The tomb dates back to the end of the Iron Age / early Roman period (1st century BC to 50 AD).

X-rays and the initial conservation of the sword and sheath reveal a detailed decoration of copper alloy in the mouth of the sheath, which would have been very visible when the sword was used in life.

The 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 archaeologists, since evidence of clothing rarely survives.

The tomb also contained the remains of a wooden container, preserved as a dark spot, probably used to lower the individual to the grave.

Four ceramic containers were placed outside this container, but still inside the grave.

The containers are jars made from local clays and would generally have been used to prepare, cook and store food.

It is likely that they were placed in the grave as containers for funeral offerings, perhaps with the intention of providing sustenance for those killed in the afterlife.

Archaeologists continue to investigate this new discovery and hope to obtain more information about the identity and social status of the individual, and the local area and landscape at that time.

WHAT DO WE KNOW ABOUT IRON AGE BRITÁN?

The Iron Age in Britain began around 800 BC and ended in 43 AD when the Bronze Age began.

As the name suggests, this period underwent large-scale changes thanks to the introduction of iron working technology.

During this period, Britain’s population probably exceeded one million.

This was possible thanks to new forms of cultivation, such as the introduction of new varieties of barley and wheat.

The invention of the iron-tipped plow made it possible to grow crops in heavy clay soils for the first time.

Some of the most important advances included the introduction of the potter’s wheel, the lathe (used to work the wood) and the rotary mill to grind the grain.

There are almost 3,000 Iron Age forts in the United Kingdom. Some were used as permanent settlements, others were used as sites for meetings, commerce and religious activities.

At that time, most people lived on small farms with extended families.

The standard house was a round house, made of wood or stone with a thatched roof or grass.

Burial practices were varied, but it seems that most people were eliminated by ‘excarnation’, which means they were deliberately exposed.

There are also some preserved swamps of this period, which show evidence of violent deaths in the form of ritual sacrifices and sacrifices.

Towards the end of this period there was a growing Roman influence from the western Mediterranean and southern France.

It seems that before the Roman conquest of England in 43AD they had already established connections with many tribes and could have exercised a certain degree of political influence.

After 43 AD, all of Wales and England under the Hadrian’s Wall became part of the Roman Empire, while the Iron Age life in Scotland and Ireland continued for longer.

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