SCIENCE

mystery of the celtic tomb

programme information

Duration

1 x 60'

Production Company

Terra Mater Factual Studios

YOP

2018

Definitions

HD 4K

Episode Information

The Celts, who were they? Where did they come from? Were they mystical druidic people of the British Isles – or gruesome, barbarian warriors who got under Caesar’s skin? The answers lie deep inside mountains and in ancient tombs. In the heart of the European Alps remarkable evidence of a culture that thrived 3,000 years ago has been found trapped and perfectly preserved inside sealed salt mines. In a massive nearby cemetery, the remains of over 1,500 people interred with countless precious artifacts have been excavated. These were the Celts and they were neither British nor barbarians. They were an advanced civilisation that ruled over a Kingdom of Salt. Rare, precious salt gave them wealth and power. Now, another Celtic puzzle – inside a 2,400 year old tomb the remains of a woman and two men have been recovered. She was an aristocrat; they were giants of men. A shaman and her entourage? Relatives or sacrifices? An interdisciplinary team of scientists is working to unlock the secret of this ancient ménage à trois; it may be the first real evidence of mystical rites from the dawn of the Celts.

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