2,300-year-old scissors and ‘folded’ sword discovered in a Celtic cremation tomb in Germany

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A significant discovery has been made by archaeologists in Germany as they unearthed a collection of grave goods inside a Celtic cremation tomb that dates back 2,300 years.

Among the remarkable finds are a folded sword, possibly utilized in battle, and an exceptionally well-preserved pair of scissors, Live Science reported.

The assortment of artifacts, which also includes a fragment of a shield, a razor, a fibula (clasp), a belt chain, and a spearhead, suggests that the tomb may have been the final resting place for both a man and a woman.

During the period between the third century B.C. and the second century B.C., the Celts, who inhabited mainland Europe, practiced the custom of cremating their deceased and interring them along with their possessions in burial pits.

Interestingly, the objects were discovered by chance as an excavation team was searching for unexploded ordnance from World War II.

The variety and quality of the findings shed light on the rich history and craftsmanship of the ancient Celtic civilization.

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