Archaeologists in Germany have made a number of sensational finds along a railway line under construction in eastern Germany -- Bronze Age treasures, burial sites and evidence of settlements dating back more than 7,000 years

The region boasts fertile land and has been settled for at least 7,500 years. Relics of the more recent past have also been found, including a Slavic graveyard from the ninth or 10th century AD. "Even though the bodies were laid with the head pointed west according to the Christian tradition, receptacles and food remains placed with the bodies indicate that heathen traditions were also observed in furnishing the dead," the statement said,00.html