It is truly amazing to look back at the everyday life that took place thousands of years ago. What was life like for the men, women, and children who preceded us in history, what were the places that seem familiar to us today, but that we find it hard to imagine otherwise?
So many questions fueling the work of archaeologists and researchers who deliver sensational discoveries to the world, day after day, like the one we want to tell you about below. A discovery that occurred in France, which catapulted researchers into a distant time, thanks to a veritable ” treasure ” of jewels and fascinating objects to say the least.
image credit: M. Vallée – Francetvinfo
Bracelets, pendants, anklets, scalpels, scythes, but also swords, bronze axes, and chariot ornaments. These are just a few of the wonderful artifacts that archaeologists from the French University of Toulouse have unearthed during excavations carried out in the vicinity of the town of Gannat.
It is in this town of the department of Allier, in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region, that there was about 2,800 years a group of people belonging to the ” Culture of the fields of urns “, according to the conclusions of the study. It is a typical way of life of Central Europe, which follows the culture of the Tumulus, characterized by several innovations in funeral rites, in particular ceramic urns.
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The objects found at Gannat are not, however, part of the typical trousseau of this period, but, according to reconstructions made by archaeologists, they were used as propitiatory offerings for the deities. Indeed, the former inhabitants of these places would have deposited in the vases discovered all these valuables, as well as agricultural tools, in order to ensure their protection during the foundation or the abandonment of this particular colony.
A fairly common practice, but really incredible to rediscover up close, as was the case here. ” It is an exceptional discovery “, comments Pierre-Yves Milcent, professor at the University of Toulouse-Jean Jaurès, “the objects are almost intact and will allow us to understand how and why they were buried. ” A ritual. fascinating for a remarkable discovery, about which experts will probably still have a lot to say.