Monday, March 9, 2015

Princely pottery

I have seen a lot of Grecian urns, but never one pictured in situ. This gold-lipped one – decorated with scenes of Dionysus – was excavated from the tomb of a Celtic prince in what is now Marseille, France. The lavish 2,500-year-old burial mound also contained a chariot and a beautifully decorated copper cauldron. Some of the items may have been bestowed as diplomatic gifts by Mediterranean merchants hoping to open new trade channels, explains Dominique Garcia, president of France's National Institute of Preventive Archaeological Research (IMAGES HERE).

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