VARIOUS NATIONAL MEDIA: Grave of 'real-life Asterix' who fought Caesar found amid trove of weapons and possessions in West Sussex

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Release date: 23/7/2019

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Extract from the Telegraph. Also covered in Mail Online and Metro

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-7273101/Elaborate-grave-real-life-Asterix-mystery-warrior.html

https://www.metro.news/asterix-the-haul/1646928/

Dr Melanie Giles, senior lecturer in archaeology at the University of Manchester, said: "It really is absolutely a unique find in the British Isles and in the wider continent, we don't have another burial that combines this quality of weaponry and Celtic art with a date that puts it around the time of Caesar's attempted conquest of Britain.

"We will probably never know his name, what we know from the archaeology is that he is either someone from eastern England who may have gone and fought with the Gauls that we know was a problem for Caesar, we were allies with the French, helping them with their struggle against him.

"Or he might be a Frenchman himself who flees that conflict, possibly a real-life Asterix and coming to us, just as in Asterix in Britain, to lend us aid in terms of the knowledge he has about strategy, tactics, he knows Caesar is going to try to divide and rule."

"Also he brings with him his kit, extraordinary weaponry, a beautiful sword which is not like the swords we have, a new technology, style and design and helmet which is absolutely unique with these wonderful Celtic openwork crests which exaggerate his height and make him absolutely fabulous."

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TitleGrave of 'real-life Asterix' who fought Caesar found amid trove of weapons and possessions in West Sussex
Media name/outletThe Telegraph
Media typeWeb
CountryUnited Kingdom
Date23/07/19
DescriptionDr Melanie Giles, senior lecturer in archaeology at the University of Manchester, said: "It really is absolutely a unique find in the British Isles and in the wider continent, we don't have another burial that combines this quality of weaponry and Celtic art with a date that puts it around the time of Caesar's attempted conquest of Britain.

"We will probably never know his name, what we know from the archaeology is that he is either someone from eastern England who may have gone and fought with the Gauls that we know was a problem for Caesar, we were allies with the French, helping them with their struggle against him.
"Or he might be a Frenchman himself who flees that conflict, possibly a real-life Asterix and coming to us, just as in Asterix in Britain, to lend us aid in terms of the knowledge he has about strategy, tactics, he knows Caesar is going to try to divide and rule."

"Also he brings with him his kit, extraordinary weaponry, a beautiful sword which is not like the swords we have, a new technology, style and design and helmet which is absolutely unique with these wonderful Celtic openwork crests which exaggerate his height and make him absolutely fabulous."
URLhttps://www.msn.com/en-za/news/offbeat/grave-of-real-life-asterix-who-fought-caesar-found-amid-trove-of-weapons-and-possessions-in-west-sussex/ar-AAEJb2L?srcref=rss
PersonsMelanie Giles