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Stanway / England - English archaeologists have for the first time archaeological evidence for the existence of the legendary Celtic priests found in a gravel quarry at Stanway near Colchester in Essex.
As the reports the journal British Archaeology , discovered by archaeologist Mike Pitts tombs date from the period between 40 and 60 BC, and at least one harboring well be the remains of a druid .
The most detailed historical description of the Druids comes from Julis Caesar , who in his military report " The Gallic War " as members of the Celtic nobility that the study of philosophy and religion devoted themselves and in society took over the role of the priesthood . In addition to these Vaten they were responsible for the sacrificial rituals and they also practised mantically tradition . In addition, they were intellectuals and were regarded as astrologers , lawyers and doctors , as well as a magician ( Liaigis ) . The Druids were also politically active and served as adviser to the princes.
In the wood chamber grave , the archaeologists found various items that can be interpreted on a Druidic use , including but not one pans warmer , burned human remains , a cloak with brooches, a stone chain , dowsing , an infusion - shell , a kind of board game , from the the researchers believe that it was used for divination and surgical instruments . The medical cutlery set consists of a scalpel , a surgical saw , hooks, needles , probes and forceps .
"This person was undoubtedly a kind of specialist, also rich and powerful. This is also indicated the special position of the tomb over the other graves of the plant. It is the first fund of its kind from the Roman period in the British Isles ," says Pitt compared to alternative science .
Compared with the Discovery Channel also told Philip Crummy of Colchester Archaeological Trust the view that it could be around the grave of a druid . However, he was not sure whether it is even actually RELATES a Celts at the dead man. At least the surgical cutlery show in its execution clearly Roman influences . It could therefore have acted also a Roman healers . They too had practiced , among other means of divining the future and interpretation.
Because of the location and age of the plant , however, Mike Pitt believes that it constitutes a Celtic Druids and believed that they could be assigned to the tribe of the Catuvellauni .