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Sigel
Tuesday, May 31st, 2005, 08:28 PM
Archaeologists have discovered the skeletons of a lord and his retainers in a burial mound at Germany's most celebrated Bronze Age site.

Archaeologist Olaf Schroeder said the intact, 4 200-year-old mound was one of at least eight "barrows" within view of the ancient holy site that yielded the 3 600-year-old Nebra celestial disc, a bronze and gold depiction of the heavens, in 1999.

Government archaeologists began excavating the wooded area after being tipped off that treasure-hunters were digging over the area in search of gold. The first find was the skeleton of a sentry just inside the entrance to the grave.

Schroeder, who is based in the nearby city of Halle, said: "We kept on digging. Deep in the barrow, we found the Bronze Age burial chamber. It was two metres square and the roof had sagged to about half-a-metre high. It was fully lined with sandstone slabs.

"In the middle lay the lord, but his upper body and legs were missing. There was a precious bronze knife and a bronze needle next to him, and the remains of his court lay in a circle round him. The skulls were deformed. These people had died violently.

"They were put to death with a blunt instrument. Three were children, aged four, five and 10," the archaeologist added. The eldest child, a girl, still had her spiral-shaped bronze earrings lying by her skull.

The tomb was dated to 3 000 years ago, making it much newer than the mound itself.

Schroeder said retainers of Bronze Age lords expected to be buried with their master.

"It was just like in Egypt. They had to follow him to the death. But instead of pyramids, our ancestors built monumental graves of earth and sandstone slabs," he said.

An archaeological park is to be built in the Nebra area, in eastern Germany, to inform visitors about the mysterious culture, which is believed to have lived from farming and to have traded with other parts of the ancient world.

The Nebra disc is believed to be the world's oldest surviving star map.


Source: http://www.mg.co.za/articlePage.aspx?articleid=242028&area=/breaking_news/breaking_news__international_news/

Vanir
Wednesday, June 1st, 2005, 01:10 AM
Government archaeologists began excavating the wooded area after being tipped off that treasure-hunters were digging over the area in search of gold. The first find was the skeleton of a sentry just inside the entrance to the grave.


When I think of the historical artifacts that are now lost due to such theft it makes me ill.
What is worse is I wonder do such people just melt these artifacts down for their mere weight in gold? It literally makes me reel, when I think of all the barrows and sites in England that were plundered, and how much history it has robbed us of.

I wonder how many other Bronze Age/Dark Age sites there are that Archaeologists know about, like this, but won't bother excavating as these eras are not in vogue or fashionable.

I'll be interested to see pics of this site when they're all finished, will be really interesting to see