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04/12/2013 02:29 pm ET Updated Apr 15, 2013

Gallic Burial Site: French Archaeologists Unearth Warrior Remains At 2,300-Year-Old Cemetery (VIDEO)

Archaeologists made an exciting find this week when they uncovered remains dating back at least 2,300 years at an ancient Gallic burial site in France.

Discovering about 30 graves, researchers from the National Institute for Preventive Archaeological Research (INRAP) excavated the remains of Gallic warriors, some of whom were buried with weapons and shields in hand, the Agence France-Presse reports.

As France's The Local notes, the team also found women alongside the warriors, who were likely buried between 260 and 325 B.C.

The Gauls were a Celtic tribe that once occupied a region of the same name, which encompassed modern-day France, along with parts of Belgium, Germany and Italy.

According to a statement released by INRAP, the finding is significant not just for the discovery of Gallic warriors, but because of the enclosures surrounding the remains. The graves were marked by decorations and funerary monuments, which the institute described as "very rare" for the time period.

The most recent excavation is one of several striking finds researchers have made over the past few years at the massive archaeological site near Buchères, which is nearly a 100 miles southeast of Paris. Last year, archaeologists uncovered graves from the Neolithic period, estimated to date between 5200 and 2800 B.C.

Since 2004, the group has conducted 40 excavations at the 260-hectare site (about 642 acres), INRAP notes on its website.

Watch the AFP report in the video above, or click over to La Croix to view photos from the dig.

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