Archaeology Ancient skeleton found under Geneva cathedral

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  1. mscbkc070904

    mscbkc070904 Premium Member

    A skeleton of a Gaul more than 2 100 years old was discovered under Geneva's cathedral and is believed to be that of a military or religious dignitary from the Allobroges tribe, the Swiss press reported on Sunday.

    The body of a man aged about 45, buried at around 120 BC, was found 10m underneath the church, the weekly Le Matin said.

    Only the legs, pelvis, arms and half of the lower spinal cord have been exposed, as the rest of the body was covered by rocks that were difficult to move.

    "I would not be surprised if it is the remains of a great military leader," said Charles Bonnet, the archeologist who made the discovery, who is known for having found the statues of the black pharaohs in Sudan in 2003.

    The Allobroges were a Gallic tribe that occupied the region more than 2 000 years ago. They were defeated by the Romans who took control of most of the Rhone valley.

    The deceased seems to have been the object of a cult over the centuries that followed his death, as evidenced by a strange cavity dug under his head as well as the remains of burnt boughs which could have been used during ritual ceremonies.

    Visitors to the cathedral have access to the building's foundations, where they can see what remains of the earlier structures on the site before the current cathedral was erected in the 12th century.

  2. mscbkc070904

    mscbkc070904 Premium Member

    I was wandering if there might be a tomb under there as well. The old cathedrals use to bury the dead of VIPs within them.