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5,000-year-old grave site discovered in Hesse, Germany


Archaeologists made a sensational discovery during the excavations in the preliminary stages of the planned construction measures in the controversial new development area "Vor dem L├╝tzelberg" in the northen Mittelbuchen district of Hanau, in the German state of Hesse. They came across a grave site that is probably 5,000 years old. The people buried there lived at the time of the so-called Bell Beaker Culture.

5,000-year-old grave site discovered in Hesse, Germany
Credit: © Bien-Ries AG
The archaeologists suspected even before they went to work that there would be some very interesting finds during the archaeological excavations on the outskirts of Mittelbuchen. Geophysical measurements and already known surface finds made it likely that further excavations would reveal more.

5,000-year-old grave site discovered in Hesse, Germany
5,000-year-old grave site discovered in Hesse, Germany
5,000-year-old grave site discovered in Hesse, Germany
5,000-year-old grave site discovered in Hesse, Germany
Credit: © Kirstein/Op-Online


But what they uncovered surprised them: graves of the Late Neolithic period from the third millennium BC were revealed. At this time people of the so-called Bell Beaker and Corded Ware cultures settled in Hessen.

5,000-year-old grave site discovered in Hesse, Germany
5,000-year-old grave site discovered in Hesse, Germany
5,000-year-old grave site discovered in Hesse, Germany
5,000-year-old grave site discovered in Hesse, Germany
Credit: © Kirstein/Op-Online


One of the most spectacular finds is a grave with six people: A young woman and a young man, who were closely entwined and seemingly buried kissing, a woman with a small child on her chest, as well as two other persons.

5,000-year-old grave site discovered in Hesse, Germany
5,000-year-old grave site discovered in Hesse, Germany
5,000-year-old grave site discovered in Hesse, Germany
5,000-year-old grave site discovered in Hesse, Germany
Credit: © Kirstein/Op-Online


All these people were obviously buried at the same time in a common burial pit. Currently, researchers are still investigating whether sufficient genetic material can be recovered for DNA analysis to determine if they were related to each other.

Source: Op-Online [December 02, 2018]

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