French archaeologists have made an “extraordinary” discovery of 2,000-year-old remains of a child buried with animal offerings and what appears to be a domesticated dog.
The child, believed to be around one year old, was interred during Roman rule at the beginning of the first century, erected with nails in an 80-cm-long wooden coffin and marked with a decorative iron tag I went.
The coffin was placed in a 2 m by 1 m tomb and surrounded by about 20 objects including several miniature terracotta vases and glassware, including oils and medicines, half a pig, three hectares and other cuts of pork, and two Were included. Headless chickens.
The burial tomb was uncovered during an excavation at a site at Clermont-Ferrand Airport in central France, allowing a development project to proceed.
Archaeologists said they have also found an ornate copper pin used to attach the shroud, and a 30-cm iron ring attached to an iron rod is considered a toy. The end of the rod was slipped out of the coffin between the legs of a puppy placed in the deceased’s feet. The young animal was wearing a collar with bronze decoration and was fitted with a small bell.
Those in the excavation said that they had gone specifically to find a large baby’s milk tooth, which may have been a sibling of the infant, placed on a piece of broken shell.
Adults were usually cremated in Roman Gaul, now covering modern-day France, Belgium and parts of neighboring countries, but children were often buried in family property, suggesting that nearby Villa present in.
The National Deceased Archaeological Research Institute (INRAP) said, “The objects that accompany this deceased are absolutely extraordinary both in terms of quantity and quality.” “Such an understanding of crockery and butchery items, as well as the personal effects that lead a child to his grave, underscore the privileged rank that his family belonged to. The dog’s relationship with a young child has been well documented in the context of funerals, but here it is the collar and bell that are unusual. “
It is reported to be the oldest and most important discovery for a child burial grave in France. An old tomb is believed to have been found several decades earlier from the Roman conquest of Gaul, including several weapons, stating that he had a soldier living there.
Lawrence Lotier, who is in charge of the Clermont-Ferrand excavation, said the discovery was “unusual because of the proliferation of vases and offerings. We often find one or two pottery in this type of mausoleum. There are about 20 as well as many here There are food offerings. “
He told AFP that the number of items in the mausoleum suggested “a certain social status … a family that was clearly very rich” and said that the child’s eating and drinking from the funeral banquet “in the vase and pot” Part of “.
Excavations of more than 3.5 hectares (7.4 acres) have carved more modern artifacts from the Iron Age to ancient times as well as the Middle Ages.
The eclipses found in the tomb are being tested for what they hold. Excavation is expected to continue until February.