The images you'll see as you scroll down to the current text are all part of the story telling in my novel, Realms of Gold:Ritual to Romance.

Bianca Caldwell, pen name, Bianca Fiore, is a writer for an art magazine. In each of her monthly stories she describes an object used in ancient ritual.

Royal Celtic Gold

This jewelry was recently found (2010) near Heuneburg, southern Germany in the grave of a woman. Archaeologists claim this site to be somewhat older than that of the Lady of Vix, also buried with jewelry, amber beads, a gold diadem or torque and a massive Greek Krater, used in the mixing of wine with water in ancient ritual. 

Picture of gold and amber jewelry from an Iron Age Celtic tomb found in Germany

Photograph courtesy Stuttgart Regional Council

Finely worked gold and amber jewelry, including the pieces seen above, are among scores of Celtic treasures from this tomb unearthed in southern Germany.

Discovered beside the River Danube in Heuneburg, the tomb—all 80 tons of it—was lifted whole by heavy cranes in December 2010 and transported to a tented laboratory outside of Stuttgart (map), where archaeologists with the Stuttgart Regional Council analyzed the contents.

The large wooden burial chamber contained the 2,600-year-old skeleton of an ancient Celtic noblewoman. Aged between 30 and 40 when she died, the high-born lady was buried with a cache of ornate treasures, such as gold necklaces set with pearls, and she was found wearing crafted amber around her waist.

The lavish grave confirms Heuneburg as one of the earliest centers of Celtic art and culture, according to excavation leaders.

—James Owen

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