Upper pursed and lower lip: To the upper head a carved roundel is seen with a projecting circular skull cap: The head is raised upon a square plinth and below this an aperture is seen, which it is suggested served as a pole retention socket. Similar carved heads have been recovered in both Brittany and northern Gaul, and of a similar date. Excellent calcite and algae deposition fine smooth sedimentary stone wear: some staining is seen at various points to the stone.This is a personal find, the head was recovered following the discovery of an ancient dried river bed: The river bed cut through the remains of the northern edge of a Celtic Iron Age settlement [detected by myself from aerial photography] : it is likely that the head was ritually deposited in the river that once ran close to the settlement as a ritual offering to a watery deity. Citing iconographical evidence, classical quotations and mythological evidence we are presented with the existence of a tradition of a widespread belief in the head as the seat of the soul (common amoungst many peoples) and that this represented a medium for communication with the Otherworld. It is generally taken as fact that in the early Celtic period. That the head was believed to be the vassal of the soul. That great honour was to be found in collecting the heads as trophies in battle. There is, however, much debate amongst Celtic Historians as to the validity of the so called Celtic Cult of the Head. Iconographical evidence to back up the theory is always going to be open to individual interpretation, whether the'tete coupee', or severed head, is an artistic motif or religious motif. There is evidence to suggest that the positioning of skulls, discovered during excavations of Celtic earthworks, indicate that heads were displayed upon entrance gates of hillforts and sanctuaries. The shrine at Roquepertuse in modern day France was entered through a brightly painted stone archway, into which human skulls were placed in niches within the upright pillars. A stone tete coupee, complete with grasping hand was unearthed in Entremont, along with numerous head groupings. Many have been found throughout the British Isles, with a great many found within the kingdom of the Brigantes in the north of modern-day England. There is, however, an overuse of the phrase Celtic Head as a catchall term to describe the often crudely carved stone heads that are found around the British Isle and mainland Europe. Some are prehistoric in origin, others from the early Christian period (although they themselves may be considered a continuation of the sacred head as a motif) and it is important that we view these as separate, although connected. (The Gauls) cut off the heads of enemies slain in battle and attach them to the necks of their. The blood-stained spoils they hand over to their attendants and carry off as booty, while striking up a paean and singing a song of victory, and they nail up these first fruits upon their houses just as those who lay low wild animals in certain kinds of hunting. They say that some of them boast that they refused the weight of the head in gold - Diodorus Siculus. The item "Extremely Rare Celtic Iron Age Carved Stone Totem Head Head Hunting Cult" is in sale since Thursday, June 27, 2019. This item is in the category "Antiques\Antiquities\Prehistoric". The seller is "ancientpasts" and is located in Peterborough. This item can be shipped worldwide.