Iron Age Celts rubbed OIL into the severed heads of their victims to preserve ...

Iron Age Celts rubbed OIL into the severed heads of their victims to preserve them before displaying them as trophies, archaeologists find Study of over 100 fragmented human skulls were found buried in a French town Researchers analyzed the preserved fragments and found cedar oil After decapitation the oil was rubbed into heads to preserve them  Head were then displayed to show off the bravery of the village

By Mark Prigg For Dailymail.com

Published: 22:58 GMT, 1 February 2019 | Updated: 23:15 GMT, 1 February 2019

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Celts in the Iron Age rubbed oil into the heads of their victims after cutting them off to stop them rotting, it has been revealed.

Ancient writings often mention the beheadings, with the severed skulls kept as trophies - but until now, researchers had not known how they were preserved.

The new study of over 100 fragmented human skulls were found buried in a French town found plant oils were key to the embalming efforts.

Some of the skull fragments used in the study. Over 100 fragmented human skulls were found buried in a French town found plant oils were key to the embalming efforts.

Some of the skull fragments used in the study. Over 100 fragmented human skulls were found buried in a French town found plant oils were key to the embalming efforts.

HOW THE CELTS PREPARED THEIR 'TROPHY HEADS' 

After killing an enemy, the head was decapitated

The brain and tongue were then removed

Head were then dipped in cedar oil or a local pinacea oil

Finally, they were displayed outside a home, with the weapon that killed them

Pinaceae oil was applied several times during the lifetime of the heads display to continue to preserve it 

 

Researchers believe the heads were put on display to mark the 'bravery and strength of the community and of its warriors.'

 'Ancient texts described that one of the most impressive ritual practices of the Celts during the Iron Age was to remove the heads of enemies killed in battle and to embalm them for

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