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Slaughter at the bridge: Uncovering a colossal Bronze Age battle


By Andrew Curry
Mar. 24, 2016 , 9:30 AM

About 3200 years ago, two armies clashed at a river crossing near the Baltic Sea. The confrontation can’t be found in any history books—the written word didn’t become common in these parts for another 2000 years—but this was no skirmish between local clans... continues...
ryaner Posted by ryaner
25th March 2016ce

Stone Age erotic art found in Germany


"Researchers in Germany have discovered Stone Age cave art in the country for the first time including carvings of nude women that may have been used in fertility rites... continues...
goffik Posted by goffik
22nd July 2011ce
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Bunsoh (Passage Grave) — Fieldnotes

taken from the on-site information board:

Bunsoh, district Dithmarschen
Megalithic tomb and cup stone

The megalithc tomb is located on a ridge between the Gieselau and Westerau lowlands. It was opened for the first time in 1884, but very improperly. At that time only the mound was visible and the "excavators" hoped for treasures inside the mound. In 1908 the first more detailed investigation took place in the course of a necessary repair. Large stone graves, also called megalithic tombs (Greek megas = large, lithos = stone), vary in their construction. This tomb is a "Holstein Chamber", a special form of the so-called passage graves. The corridor does not start right in the middle of the tomb, which is more rectangular in plan. In the megalithic tomb of Bunsoh, there are three cap stones on eight support stones, the spaces between which are sealed with flat dry masonry. The western capstone, which is exceptionally made of sandstone, is richly decorated with numerous bowls and symbols. Usually granite was used as a building material in the Stone Age. The floor of the chamber was paved with stones the size of a head. New vertical stone slabs divided the chamber into four compartments: perhaps a division for clans or families, in which bones and accessories were deposited. During the investigations, numerous finds came to light: i.a. a flint dagger handle with remains of a blade, a small flat ax and some well-preserved vessels.
The surface of the cup-marked stone about 150 bowls and grooves of various sizes and depths, as well as two handprints shown in pairs, two footprints, a wheel with four spokes and a bowl surrounded by a double circle. The western side of the stone has downwardly running furrows. The interpretation of these motives is very difficult. It is certain that the decorations were only created between the late Neolithic and the Middle Bronze Age. The capstone had reappeared through removal or erosion and was probably considered a kind of "holy stone", which was gradually provided with the symbols. With an extension of the burial mound in the Bronze Age, the capstone was covered again and thus survived the time unscathed. Above all, the weather and willful destruction make the verifications a problem.
Above the middle capstone was a grave with a tree coffin from the older Bronze Age (approx. 1700 BC). Unfortunately, no additions have been made to this grave. All that was left of the tree coffin were past remains.
Nucleus Posted by Nucleus
13th September 2020ce

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