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a site of the department of the Moselle

The Celts


In Reinheim, at the foot of the Homerich, a necropolis harbouring several dozen mounds (tumulus) dating back to the Iron Age (between 700 and 150 BC) extends over one kilometre.
In the most emblematic monument, the tomb of the Princess of Reinheim, one of the two most famous ladies of Celt archaeology was buried, around 370 BC.
The daring museum reconstruction of this tomb gives a good understanding of the place of this lady in Celtic society, she was buried with jewellery and instruments representing symbols of her status and function.
Prophetess, healer and priestess, she practiced her art wearing a waist chain on which hung mysterious amulets and holding her cultic stick and mirror, a medium for divination, at the same time being the insignia of her power. As a Princess, she participated in festive banquets which were attended by the aristocrats of her clan and all those who under her protection, constituted the basis of her economic and political power. She wore a ceremonial dress to these functions, especially gold jewellery displaying fabulous beings with magical powers. At these banquets, wine was served in prestigious beautifully decorated bronze jugs.


A reconstructed village based on archaeological discoveries presents the earth and wooden houses of the Celtic people. Re-enactment groups regularly provide entertainment in the village, giving the public the opportunity to discover the lifestyle and crafts of the Celtic era.


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