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Pfalzfeld Column (5th cent. BC)

The Pfalzfeld Column (Pfalzfelder Saule) dates from the 5th or 4th century BC and was found in a cemetery in Pfalzfeld, Germany. Its original position is unknown, but it probably stood on a Celtic hill grave. The four human masks on the column and the hemispheric base are well-known symbols from the Mediterranean area; they protect the burial place. The column originally stood 2.8 m high. It is one of few large stone sculptures north of the Alps from this period and one of the most important cultural monuments of the prehistoric Rhineland.

Photo © Holly Hayes.

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