Grave robbers plunder ancient Danish burial sites
|Archaeologists and the police inspect the plundered burial mounds today |
near Grindsted, Jutland [Credit: Scanpix]
”It's a disaster. The grave robbers have ruined part of Denmark's history,” Christensen told DR Nyheder.
”The things we could have learned from the burial mounds have now been erased from history. We can no longer investigate how ancient life was in this area of Jutland.”
First grave robbing in a century
The archaeologists have not excavated the burial mounds either since they are protected, but they do know that other mounds from the same era contained artefacts – such as stone axes, jewellery and pottery – that were buried with the dead for use in the afterlife.
According to Christensen, the last time graves were plundered in Denmark was back at the end of the 1890s. He estimates the plundered artefacts won't net more than 15,000 kroner on the black market.
The police in southeast Jutland are investigating the incident.
Source: The Copenhagen Post [October 24, 2014]