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Merovingian Necropolis Reveals 300 Graves
Past Horizons ^ | Thursday, July 31, 2014 | Source: INRAP

Posted on 08/02/2014 12:51:14 PM PDT by SunkenCiv

A team of archaeologists working on a site at Saint-Aubin-des-Champs in France have discovered the remains of a Merovingian necropolis dating to the 5th -7th centuries AD...

The graves were found at a variety of depths with some up to 1.50 m deep. Each burial contained the deceased once contained within a wooden coffin, now completely rotted away.

An examination of the contents of these burials allowed them to be split into three main groups or periods of inhumation.

Fewer grave goods are in evidence after 5th century AD as the population has become Christian.

7th century AD burials are characterised with individuals wearing simple or highly decorated belt buckles of bronze or iron.

In one of the earlier graves, archaeologists have unearthed the skeleton of an adult man with a particularly rich assemblage of twenty grave goods consisting of ceramics, glassware, a bronze basin, tin plate, even a wooden bucket with bronze strapping, a decorated Frankish axe, spear, dagger in his belt and silver coin deposited on the mouth. This man went well dressed into the afterlife, as he was even wearing a pair of shoes...

Archaeologists have come to the conclusion that this was the cemetery of a small village community, who lived in Évrecy between the fifth and seventh centuries AD. This cemetery was abandoned in the late seventh century, probably in favour of another burial site...

This will allow researchers to conduct a comprehensive study on the history and lifestyle of this community and will become a major reference in the study of burial practices in Lower Normandy, during the period that witnessed the transitional period between the end of the Roman Empire and the beginnings of Christianity and medieval Europe.

(Excerpt) Read more at pasthorizonspr.com ...


TOPICS: History; Science; Travel
KEYWORDS: ancientautopsies; france; godsgravesglyphs; merovingian; merovingians; romanempire
Merovingian Necropolis Reveals 300 Graves

Merovingian Necropolis Reveals 300 Graves


1 posted on 08/02/2014 12:51:14 PM PDT by SunkenCiv
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2 posted on 08/02/2014 12:52:24 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: SunkenCiv

Weren’t these Christian burials.

Why are their graves being desecrated?


3 posted on 08/02/2014 12:52:56 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: BenLurkin

I read somewhere a long time ago that this kingdom was actually Jewish. Anyone else recall that?


4 posted on 08/02/2014 12:55:59 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (The most dangerous man to any government is the man who is able to think things out for himself.)
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To: SunkenCiv

5th century grave as I suspected: the Roman economy was still functioning at a minimal level (good quality pottery and glassware) and/or enough materials were handed down that some were still available.


5 posted on 08/02/2014 1:20:05 PM PDT by pierrem15 (Claudius: "Let all the poisons that lurk in the mud hatch out.")
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6 posted on 08/02/2014 1:21:26 PM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: pierrem15

The eastern half of the Empire was still going strong, and there was a load of seagoing trade, including throughout the British Isles. Good call.


7 posted on 08/02/2014 1:54:56 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: BenLurkin

They’re doing it just to piss you off.


8 posted on 08/02/2014 2:03:45 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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9 posted on 08/02/2014 2:29:41 PM PDT by RedMDer (May we always be happy and may our enemies always know it. - Sarah Palin, 10-18-2010)
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To: SunkenCiv

That’s it. Time to take action.

I’m getting on a plane right now!

Where is Merovingia anyway — is that near Ruritania?


10 posted on 08/02/2014 4:01:40 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: BenLurkin

The Merovingians were descendents of Jesus and Mary Magdalene (or so the story goes). The bloodline of Christ was the true Holy Grail, don’t ya know. ;^)


11 posted on 08/02/2014 5:38:38 PM PDT by fhayek
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To: SunkenCiv

Looks like quite a find.


12 posted on 08/02/2014 5:55:21 PM PDT by Bigg Red (31 May 2014: Obamugabe officially declares the USA a vanquished subject of the Global Caliphate.)
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To: fhayek

San greal versus Sang Real!

In Old French, san graal or san gréal means “Holy Grail” and sang réal means “royal blood”; Holy Blood; Holy Grail was based on this pun.


13 posted on 08/02/2014 7:08:08 PM PDT by wbarmy (I chose to be a sheepdog once I saw what happens to the sheep.)
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To: SunkenCiv

Have they found Merovech yet?


14 posted on 08/02/2014 7:52:38 PM PDT by OldNewYork
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To: fhayek

“The Merovingians were descendents of Jesus and Mary Magdalene”

http://www.johnspeedie.com/healy/bull.wav


15 posted on 08/02/2014 8:20:33 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: BenLurkin

So Archeology equals desecration to you? Wow.


16 posted on 08/03/2014 5:30:40 AM PDT by arderkrag (Chaste women, sober men, obedient children, and "sin laws" - the four horsemen of the apocalypse.)
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To: arderkrag

Well, if somebody needs the lot for construction of an apartment building, or a gas station, then the bones will have to be moved anyway, so why not study the site.

After all, as the article points out — this is the first time the site has been looted.

BUT

These people were Christians, received Christian burials, and are otherwise entitled to rest in peace.

Not only that, truth is they did not live and die in the dim mists of prehistory, and the desecration done in the process simply isn’t justified by the meager information gleaned.

They bore belt buckles and earrings. Wow.


17 posted on 08/03/2014 8:04:05 AM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: BenLurkin

Considering that the research team didn’t sprinkle goat blood and copulate on the bones, I wouldn’t call it desecration. So, there’s that. Also, them being Christians or receiving Christian burials doesn’t distinguish the site’s import for me.


18 posted on 08/03/2014 5:36:04 PM PDT by arderkrag (Chaste women, sober men, obedient children, and "sin laws" - the four horsemen of the apocalypse.)
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To: BenLurkin
Oh, and the following absolutely justifies the site study:

This will allow researchers to conduct a comprehensive study on the history and lifestyle of this community and will become a major reference in the study of burial practices in Lower Normandy, during the period that witnessed the transitional period between the end of the Roman Empire and the beginnings of Christianity and medieval Europe.
19 posted on 08/03/2014 5:37:55 PM PDT by arderkrag (Chaste women, sober men, obedient children, and "sin laws" - the four horsemen of the apocalypse.)
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To: arderkrag

Now I see you’re just pulling my leg.

As if 5th century burial practices in lower Normandy are of any significance.

You almost had me going for a minute there.


20 posted on 08/04/2014 12:00:01 AM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: BenLurkin

I think they’re entirely significant.


21 posted on 08/04/2014 2:03:34 AM PDT by arderkrag (Chaste women, sober men, obedient children, and "sin laws" - the four horsemen of the apocalypse.)
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To: SunkenCiv

One minor quibble with the article. The local population was already predominately Christian. After winning a battle, Clovis adopted his wife’s Christian faith, after which the Merovingians followed suit.


22 posted on 08/04/2014 1:59:12 PM PDT by colorado tanker
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To: colorado tanker

Thanks ct.


23 posted on 08/08/2014 6:31:00 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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