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Nekropole Daudieck

Megalithic Cemetery


taken from the information board of station 1:

Funeral customs from three millennia

Easily accessible during a walk, there are numerous tombs of a necropolis, a "city for the dead," down the flat slope to the river Aue. The oldest tombs are the largest and the most elaborate: in the period from about 5,000 to 4,500 years ago, some buried their deceased in megalithic tombs. They built large boulders chambers, some of which received low and narrow entrances. The stone chambers were covered by a pack of earth. The resulting mounds are available in elongated or even round shape. So that the loose soil did not immediately drain again, many plants received a wreath of larger field stones. Had the chambers an access, several deceased could be buried in them, as it is still e.g. happens in family tombs.

In the centuries around 1400 BC, the second important group was built: the round burial mounds with one to three earth burials each. The deceased were bedded into tree coffins at an earlier stage, later they were burned and the remains were placed in urns. They were made of clay, often of fabric or leather. At the time, the population was already using tools and jewelery made of bronze, which at first could not be made in this area. Swords, daggers, needles, neck and arm jewelery came from the south and southeast. Monuments of the type described, as far as they are even preserved, are easily recognizable as ruins in the terrain. It is different with grave fields from earth or cremation burials. Although it characterized funerals from about 700 BC. By flat small piles of earth and / or by upright stones / wooden posts. But they have not survived until today. A few yards to the north was a burial ground, which was occupied between about 350 - 570 after Christ's birth. There were more than 6,000 people buried. In the grove east of here is a urn grave field from the time of about 600 to 300 BC. Partially, the funerals are located between the older large burial mounds, in some cases they are also set in the hills.
Nucleus Posted by Nucleus
11th July 2019ce
Edited 14th July 2019ce

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