Casket: Hollowed-Out Tree Trunk

Excavation of a Celtic grave at the Kernschulhaus 2017 (Office for Urban Development, City of Zurich)

Health Editor’s Note:  A hollowed-out tree trunk would make a perfect casket…well done Iron Age Celts….Carol

This Iron Age Celtic Woman Was Buried in a Hollowed-Out Tree Trunk

by Meilan Solly

Some 2,200 years ago, a group of Iron Age Celts laid a woman to rest in what is now Zürich, Switzerland.

The deceased, clad in a dress of fine sheep’s wool, a shawl and a sheepskin coat, was likely an individual of high stature: As a statement recently released by the city’s Office for Urban Development notes, the woman, roughly 40 years old when she died, boasted accessories including a necklace made of blue and yellow glass and amber, bronze bracelets, and a bronze belt chain decorated with pendants.

Based on analysis of her remains, archaeologists theorize she performed little physical labor during her lifetime and enjoyed a rich diet of starchy and sweetened foods. Curiously, Laura Geggel writes for Live Science, the woman was also buried in a hollowed-out tree trunk that still had bark on its exterior upon the makeshift coffin’s rediscovery in March 2017.

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