Wednesday, February 13th, 2008
But British archaeologists may have found one of their graves. Druid Grave Unearthed in UK?
Within the wooden, chambered burial site, researchers have excavated a wine warmer, cremated human remains, a cloak pinned with brooches, a jet bead, divining rods (for fortune-telling), a series of surgical instruments, a strainer bowl last used to brew Artemisia-containing tea, a board game carefully laid out with pieces in play, as well as other objects.
“This person was clearly a specialist and also clearly wealthy and powerful, as indicated by the special grave and its apparent location within the compound of a ‘chief.’ That would all fit Caesar’s Druid,” he said, adding that Caesar likely also visited Stanway during his lifetime.
He might have just been a Romanized doctor-divinator, though. The location of the grave supports the Druid idea, but it’s still conjecture at this point.
The board game may have had some divination usage as well. It’s a completely unique find. Nothing else like it has even been uncovered in Roman Britain.