28 May 2024 The Future is the Product of the Past

Medieval double grave discovered with majestic objects inside the circular ditch

An early medieval double grave was discovered in Kirchheim am Neckar Friedrichstrasse, southern Germany, during excavations supervised by the State Office for the Preservation of Monuments (LAD) at the district council in Stuttgart and carried out by the company AAB.

Two plots of land in Kirchheim’s cultural monument area were excavated in advance of development. The presence of a burial ground had been known since the nineteenth century but the discovery of a double grave inside a ring ditch was unprecedented.

A circular mark on the floor indicated an earlier burial mound with a very large cemetery. The circular mark on the ground was all that remains of a large tumulus. The burials consist of two adjacent wooden chamber graves built over carved rock. One belonged to a woman, and the other to a man. Both of the graves had previously been plunder, but the tomb raiders only plunder from the knees up. Looters really missed out because the areas below the knees were unspoiled.

A bronze vessel filled with organic material and animal bone.
A bronze vessel filled with organic material and animal bone. Photo: Landesamt für Denkmalpflege im Regierungspräsidium Stuttgart/Bilder: AAB, Stephan Weber

Below the foot of the buried man were a large ornate bone comb, silver sheet bands, a ceramic pot, a glass tumbler, horse bridles and a bronze vessel filled with organic material and animal bone and a large egg-like object beneath a ceramic bowl.

A gold coin was also found as an obolus in the dead man’s mouth (The coin is known as Charon’s obol in Greek and Latin literature, and it was used as a payment or bribe for Charon, the ferryman who transported souls across the river that separated the worlds of the living and the worlds of the dead.)

Despite being looted, the woman’s burial was also lavishly furnished. Grave goods found in her grave include a pearl necklace, a gold necklace inlaid with almandine, a disc brooch, a woven sword, scissors, a glass beaker, and a chatelaine with a decorative disc and a Cypraea snail shell hanging from it. These were high-value objects, jewelry, and household goods alike. The Cypraea was imported from the Indian Ocean and was a very expensive charm to hang from a belt.

Photo: Landesamt für Denkmalpflege im Regierungspräsidium Stuttgart/Bilder: AAB, Stephan Weber

A decapitated horse’s remains were buried just outside the ring ditch. The presence of horse bridles in the man’s grave suggests that the horse was buried alongside the burial.

Excavation of 22 more graves was found on the two properties. It is thought that the entire cemetery probably originally consisted of several hundred graves.

Regierungspräsidium Stuttgart

Related Articles

New discoveries at the Sanxingdui Ruins demonstrate ancient China’s creative ability

9 September 2021

9 September 2021

Chinese archaeologists revealed fresh important finds at the Sanxingdui Ruins site in southwest China’s Sichuan Province on Thursday, from pits...

Archaeologists uncovered an Aztec altar with human ashes in Mexico City

1 December 2021

1 December 2021

Archaeologists in Mexico have discovered a 16th-century altar in Plaza Garibaldi, the center in Mexico City famous for its revelry...

Was the mystery of Noceto Vasca Votiva the water ritual?

13 June 2021

13 June 2021

The Noceto Vasca Votiva is a one-of-a-kind wood building discovered in 2005 on a tiny hill in northern Italy. The...

A Roman bridge from the Republican era was discovered on Via Tiburtina

27 February 2022

27 February 2022

The remains of a rare Republican-era bridge have been discovered on the 12th kilometer of the Via Tiburtina, the ancient...

Saudi shipwreck excavation reveals hundreds of 18th-century artifacts on sunken ship in the north Red Sea

25 February 2022

25 February 2022

Divers from Saudi Arabia’s Heritage Authority have discovered a shipwreck in the Red Sea from the 18th century filled with...

Scandinavia’s Oldest Identified Ship Burial in Trøndelag “Rewrites History”

14 November 2023

14 November 2023

In Leka, a municipality in Norway’s Trøndelag county, archaeologists have uncovered Scandinavia’s oldest identified ship burial, dating back to around...

Ancient Yayoi Period Settlement Discovered on Tokyo Condo Development Site

10 December 2023

10 December 2023

Excavations at the former site of the British Embassy in Tokyo’s Chiyoda Ward have uncovered the remains of a Yayoi...

Drone photos reveal Venice of the Fertile Crescent

16 October 2022

16 October 2022

A drone survey of Lagash, a site located between the Tigris and Euphrates rivers, revealed that the 4,900-year-old settlement was...

7.5 Million Annual Elephant Skulls Fossil Were Found in Turkey “Choerolophodon Pentelic”

17 March 2021

17 March 2021

A complete skull fossil from 7.5 million years ago was discovered on the bank of the Yamula Dam in the...

An inscription containing 15 headless falcons and unknown ancient rituals found in an ancient Egyptian temple

8 October 2022

8 October 2022

Archaeologists have discovered a shrine containing previously unknown ancient rituals during excavations at Berenike, a Greco-Roman port in Egypt’s eastern...

Sheikh Sultan Opened ‘Tales from the East’ Exhibition

28 April 2021

28 April 2021

The opening of the ‘Tales from the East’ exhibition organized by the Sharjah Book Authority (SBA) was held with the...

A unique tomb decorated with amber was discovered near Petrozavodsk

26 August 2021

26 August 2021

According to a press release from the Petrozavodsk State University a unique tomb was discovered on the western shore of...

One-of-a-kind 1000- years-old gold earring found in Denmark

13 December 2021

13 December 2021

A metal detectorist in Denmark uncovered a one-of-a-kind piece of 11th-century gold jewelry that had never been seen in Scandinavia...

Hidden past of Ani ruins in eastern Turkey to be uncovered by excavations

31 May 2021

31 May 2021

Archaeological excavations will reveal the historical mystery behind the ruins of Ani on the present-day Turkey-Armenia border. The Ani archaeological...

Bronze Age Ceremonial Sword Found in Håre in Vestfyn will be on Display Soon

13 March 2021

13 March 2021

Archaeologists excavating the village of Håre on the island of Funen in Denmark have discovered an ornate Bronze Age sword...