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Ready for some colour! (Yes, I have been watching Vikings again …) I know this drawing looks quite different from some of my other stuff, but I like to experiment a little now and then ;-) I can’t wait to see how it’ll turn out - the hair is going to take me ages to finish!

The argument that some post belongs in the Celtic tag because it has some weird ass neo-pagan crap going on but the scenery is Scottish, Irish or Welsh makes about as much sense as a documentary on McDonald’s family restaurant business practices belonging in the Scottish History tag because, you know, the MacDonalds were totally a clan.

Unearthed 500 BC Celtic tomb reveals golden necklace on prince - or is it a princess?

French archaeologists have completed excavations of an ancient burial site revealing the decorated skeleton of a Celtic prince, who however might as well have been a princess.

The tomb dating back some 2,500 years was discovered in an industrial area of Lavau, a village near Troyes, about 150km south east of Paris earlier this year.

The finding was soon described as “extraordinary” by experts analysing the first artefacts to surface, which included a Mediterranean bronze cauldron adorned with lion heads.

As digging continued, the team with the National Archaeological Research Institute (Inrap) eventually reached the centre of the burial site, which at 40m (130ft) of diameter is one of the largest from its period ever to be unearthed. Read more.

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French archaeologists excavating an Iron Age burial mound have uncovered the remains of a richly furnished burial dating from the 5th century BC. Most likely representing the final resting place of a local Iron Age aristocrat, the mound measured approximately 40m in diameter and was located near the small village of Lavau, in north-western France. Previous work at the site had uncovered a number of high status grave goods, including a magnificent bronze cauldron

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Celtic Gold Biga Stater of King Cunobelin, c. 10 AD

One of the finest known examples of a rare and important ancient Celtic gold stater. Minted under the last great Iron Age King in Europe, the famous Cunobelin. Struck circa 10 - 43 AD in the town of Camulodunum - modern day Colchester.

The obverse with decorative heart shapes around a wreath, the wreath split by a rectangular tablet bearing the inscription: CAMVL[odunum] - The name of the mint town. The reverse with an abstracted and deconstructed biga (two horse chariot) charging left, wheel below and leaf above. The Name below reading CUNOBEL[INUS].

The great Celtic King Cunobelin is a hugely important figure in the history of Great Britain. His legacy and name was immortalised as King Cymbeline in William Shakespeare’s famous play of the same name. He is also referenced by the Roman historian Suetonius as Britannorum Rex - King of the British, testament to his international notoriety. Cunobelin gained his immense wealth and power through the control of the lucrative corn trade. He used his affluence and skill to gain control of most of southeast Britain, including the strategically crucial town of Camulodunum, making it his capital. The great Celtic king was clearly very proud of this achievement and so, to commemorate the occasion, he set about striking his first issue of coins, the rare and beautiful ‘biga staters’.

Surrounded by typical Iron age designs, these wonderful miniature artworks boast of the newly captured town on the obverse, whilst showing the characteristic Celtic two-horse war chariot on the reverse.