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Grave mound near Grumfeld
Grave mound near Grumfeld

The summit hollow is an indication that this hill not a heap of field stones or natural phenomenon, but a grave mound, which predominantly had been pillaged or explored in the 19 Century. It was at that time assumed that the most valuable and oldest burials would be in the center of the tomb, and therefore was digged from the center of the top. That this was not always true, prove the burials in the mound at Glauburg celtic grave moulds.

Large burial mounds were in use from 1500 B.C. until 500 A.C. In the large mounds the dead were buried within trunk coffin. There is an exceptional cluster in Wilsede. Such habit changed in the younger bronze age when the dead were burnt and the ash was buried in small mounds. Often such mounds were set near stone age mounds, which may have not been eroded at that time, and those places were respected by the successing indo-european immigrants. In many mounds, burial objects were found such as dishes, weapons and attire. Real prehistoric mounds are dented at the top - tomb riders usually do not repair the outlines of the mounds.

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Town:49577 Grumfeld
Picture file name:i3_imgp5799.jpg
Picture date:17.05.2010 16:31:00

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