"Warrior of Lattes" Discovered in Southern France

A 2500-year-old stone sculpture depicting an armored warrior has been unearthed in southern France. French archaeologists are excited by the discovery of a stone torso near Lattes in southern France. Dubbed the "Warrior of Lattes," the figure wears armor of a type worn 2500 years ago in Spain and Italy. Used as part of a wall in an Iron Age house, the 79-centimetre sculpture is one of few examples of French celtic workmanship. The stone is doubly interesting to archaeologists in that the figure is depicted crouched in the Greek manner.

"I can't think of anything to compare it to. But this could be the result of a broad range of interaction [in the Mediterranean]," said Professor Greg Woolf, a historian at the University of St Andrews in the UK.

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