What's described as the grave of a Corded Ware chief is discovered in the Czech Republic. The story can be found at iDNES, "Na Rychnovsku objevili náčelnický hrob, v Česku jich je jen deset"
The archaeologists are surprised by what they consider a false chamber which hid a much deeper lower chamber containing the body. They believe steps were taken to prevent looting.
They were able to retrieve a battle axe and flints, no mention of pottery. The grave was surrounded by a ring ditch holding a palisade. Graves like this likely had a small shrine directly over the burial.
Always interested in Corded Ware Culture discoveries! Thank you!ReplyDelete
You bet. Set your google notifications with the names of Corded Ware in about 15 different languages. There's more out there.Delete
Wonderful tip!(Plus it's a great lesson in I.E. languages) I always search Schnurkeramikkultur, Schnurkeramische, of course. Perhaps, because I have pretty good chuck of German in my admix. A couple of days ago, I found a wonderful image of CWC artifacts in a museum in Thuringia. I enjoy making replica artifacts(or having them made for me) from some of these ancient Cultures that my ancient Grandmothers lived in.Delete
Perhaps other, previously excavated, burials should be re-examined for deeper chambers.ReplyDelete
It's possible the antechamber could have been for a wife that was never buried, but typically the main grave wouldn't be so deeply recessed. So it does seem in this case it was to hide the grave. But yes, it does make you wonder if there are more hidden graves out there.Delete