In Germany, the badger found ancient graves with the treasures
German archaeologists was indebted to badger: the beast helped them to make a significant discovery. You can tell that the animal was the first who found the medieval Slavic burial of two princes, in which he found valuable artifacts, according to News .
The striped animal, perfectly adapted to digging underground tunnels, made a hole on site in the farm, 75 kilometres North-East of Berlin. By some coincidence, on the farm at this time had two sculptor, a great interest in archaeology – Lars Willem and Hendrik the Ring.
“We have noticed sticking out of the ground pelvic bone, definitely belonged to a man – said Ring Spiegel Online. – We were not surprised, because across the road from here in 1960-ies it was discovered the whole field of ancient graves. But we still put the camera in a badger hole and using the remote control took a few pictures”. Photos of archaeologists-lovers saw fragments of jewelry and immediately reported his find to the local authorities.
All this happened in the fall of 2012, and since then, no sign of badgers on the farm were seen – most likely, he left his hole. And this week scientists have made a discovery, made by beast, soobshenie. In the place which a badger was chosen for creating a home, we found eight ancient graves of the first half of the XII century.
Archaeologist Thomas Kersting from the Department of protection of monuments of the Federal land of Brandenburg is certain: this discovery is of great value. “First we don’t found graves like that in Brandenburg. So this is a very important discovery”, – he said.
At the feet of the skeletons, buried there, was found the bronze vessels. “This suggests that the people buried here belonged to the elite. They had bronze bowls in which they wash their hands before dinner – they knew it was supposed to do,” – said the expert.
In addition, the graves found arrowheads, belt, trimmed with bronze, and the buckle in the shape of the letter “omega”, decorated with pattern in the form of snake heads. One of the skeletons are well preserved. Apparently, during the life of the person buried here was a warrior: on the bones showed traces of blows with sword and spear, and with a man found a two-edged sword, one meter long. Healed fracture indicates that once the man dropped from his horse. Probably, he was about 40 when he died, but the cause of death is difficult to judge.
Scientists suggest that in the tomb of the second high-ranking soldier once lay a sword, but he most likely stole. In their view, the grave can be looted during a riot or other social upheavals. “If somebody came and looted the tomb, which is perfectly visible from the local castle, then something went wrong. Most likely, it was a time when the Board of the Slavic tribes in this territory was coming to an end,” said Thomas Kersting.
Next to the remains of one of the men found the remains of a woman – likely his wife. In her mouth was the coin. According to ancient belief, in the afterlife the deceased was supposed to pay for transportation across the river Styx, so dead in the mouth put the coins.
All found in the tombs of exhibits in September to be exhibited in the national archaeological Museum, which is located in the city of Brandenburg an der Havel. The sculptor Lars Wilhelm, on whose farm it was discovered and ancient graves, recently received the award of merit for archeological community. According to him, the badger, who first conducted the “excavations”, should also be rewarded. If only it was possible to find.