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A highly-elaborate grave of what could have been a real-life Asterix fighter has been discovered on a West Sussex building site.
The warrior was buried with an ornate head-dress, along with a sword and helmet, indicating that he once held 'one of the most prestigious roles in the country'.
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Archaeologists believe he may have been a refugee French Gallic fighter who fled Julius Caesar's Roman army as they swept across continental Europe in about 50BC.
Asterix is a fictional character in the French comic book series of the same name which portrays him as a diminutive but fearless Gaulish warrior living in the time of the Gallic Wars in Britain.
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The team described the find, which will go on display at the Chichester Museum in 2020, as 'the most elaborately equipped warrior grave ever found in England'.
The grave was found during excavations ahead of a Berkeley Homes housing development in North Bersted in 2008.
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But it has taken years of conservation and scientific analysis to prepare the artefacts for display.
'It really is absolutely a unique find in the British Isles and in the wider continent,' said Dr Melanie Giles, senior lecturer in archaeology at the University of Manchester.
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'We don't have another burial that combines this quality of weaponry and Celtic art with a date that puts it around the time of Caesar's attempted conquest of Britain.
'We will probably never know his name, what we know from the archaeology is that he is either someone from eastern England...
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