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Skull fragment analysis suggests Celts embalmed enemies' severed heads

Skull fragments found in what was once an Iron Age settlement in France show evidence of embalming, suggesting that stories about the ancient Celts keeping the heads of their slain enemies were true, according to findings published online by the Journal of Archaeological Science. The Celts were believed to display the embalmed, severed heads outside their homes "as trophies to increase their status and power, and to frighten their enemies," said senior author Rejane Roure.

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