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Badger digs up German medieval warrior graves
The Local (Germany) ^ | 13 Aug 2013 09:49 CET

Posted on 08/15/2013 8:42:30 PM PDT by DeaconBenjamin

A badger has led German archaeologists to a stunning find of medieval warrior graves, complete with one skeleton still clutching a sword and a wearing snake-shaped buckle on his belt.

Scientists are now examining the burial site where at least eight people were buried.

Artist and voluntary monument maintenance man Lars Wilhelm said he was watching badgers near his home in Brandenburg, north Germany, when he realized they were digging into an ancient grave.

He said he had been watching the progress of an enormous badger sett for five years. "My wife and I - we are both sculptors - wanted to put artworks in there."

But this was now out of the question, he said. "The bones changed everything," he added.

The Berliner Zeitung newspaper said Wilhelm called the experts as soon as he realized the animals had dug up bones. Archaeologists moved in and expanded the work of the badgers, freeing up eight graves, two of which were of noblemen.

"These are late Slavish graves," said Professor Felix Biermann from the Ernst-August University in Göttingen, who is leading the dig in the Uckermark Stolpe area. He said they dated from the first half of the 12th century AD.

"Apart from these last heathen Slavs, the whole surrounding area was already Christianized. It's special because these rulers still had their independent heathen beliefs."

The warrior graves were particularly exciting. The skeleton of one man, aged around 40, was complete with a two-edged sword, and a bronze bowl at his feet.

"At the time such bowls were used to wet the hands before eating," said Biermann. "The bowls would a sign that a man belonged to the upper classes."

He added that the warrior also had a bronze buckle with a snake's head, which probably came from Scandinavia. His grave also contained an arrow head.

"He was a well-equipped warrior. Scars and bone-breaks show that he had been hit by lances and swords, and had also fallen from a horse."

The second warrior grave had already been robbed - although in another, the skeleton of a woman was found to have a coin in the mouth. "The belief at the time was that this was for the ferryman to cross over into the realm of the dead," said Biermann.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs
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1 posted on 08/15/2013 8:42:30 PM PDT by DeaconBenjamin
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To: DeaconBenjamin

Mash here

2 posted on 08/15/2013 8:45:06 PM PDT by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: DeaconBenjamin
Badger? Was it Indiana Jones's less well known brother Wisconsin Jones?
3 posted on 08/15/2013 8:50:16 PM PDT by KarlInOhio (This message has been recorded but not approved by Obama's StasiNet. Read it at your peril.)
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To: Pontiac

LATER


4 posted on 08/15/2013 8:56:05 PM PDT by Pontiac (The welfare state must fail because it is contrary to human nature and diminishes the human spirit.)
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To: SunkenCiv

Great find. With pics.


5 posted on 08/15/2013 9:02:33 PM PDT by exit82 ("The Taliban is on the inside of the building" E. Nordstrom 10-10-12)
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To: DeaconBenjamin

Given that the German plains were just highways for invading armies going in both directions, for hundreds of years, it’s surprising they don’t make finds like this nearly every day.


6 posted on 08/15/2013 9:10:38 PM PDT by tcrlaf (Well, it is what the Sheeple voted for....)
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To: KarlInOhio

***Badger? Was it Indiana Jones’s less well known brother Wisconsin Jones? ***

I thought it was Tennessee Buck!

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0095189/


7 posted on 08/15/2013 9:19:08 PM PDT by Ruy Dias de Bivar (Sometimes you need 7+ more ammo. LOTS MORE.)
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To: KarlInOhio

Actually, we had an archeologist associated with the museum in Milwaukee who called himself “Wisconsin Johnson”.


8 posted on 08/15/2013 9:29:12 PM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: martin_fierro
This here's a BADGER:
9 posted on 08/15/2013 9:31:53 PM PDT by bigbob (W)
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To: DeaconBenjamin

10 posted on 08/15/2013 9:38:49 PM PDT by NonValueAdded ("When there is no penalty for failure, failures proliferate." George F. Will)
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To: DeaconBenjamin

11 posted on 08/15/2013 9:46:00 PM PDT by VeniVidiVici (Play the 'Knockout Game' with someone owning a 9mm and you get what you deserve)
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To: DeaconBenjamin
"The belief at the time was that this was for the ferryman to cross over into the realm of the dead," said Biermann.

Wasn't that the Greek mythology of crossing the River Styx and having to pay the ferryman?

12 posted on 08/15/2013 9:56:42 PM PDT by cloudmountain
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To: DeaconBenjamin

What’s in YOUR wallet?


13 posted on 08/16/2013 12:32:55 AM PDT by kaehurowing
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To: DeaconBenjamin

ping


14 posted on 08/16/2013 12:56:13 AM PDT by SWAMPSNIPER (The Second Amendment, a Matter of Fact, Not a Matter of Opinion)
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To: exit82; 240B; 75thOVI; Adder; albertp; asgardshill; At the Window; bitt; blu; BradyLS; cajungirl; ..

Thanks exit82. Seems like a good time to do the weekly Digest ping as well.

15 posted on 08/16/2013 5:09:33 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (It's no coincidence that some "conservatives" echo the hard left.)
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To: cloudmountain

Want Abraham Lincoln buried with coins on his eyes?


16 posted on 08/16/2013 7:03:06 AM PDT by Sawdring
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To: DeaconBenjamin; Red Badger

Hey Badge!


17 posted on 08/16/2013 7:42:25 AM PDT by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ( Ya can't pick up a turd by the clean end!)
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To: VeniVidiVici; DeaconBenjamin; SunkenCiv
Badger!
18 posted on 08/16/2013 7:54:01 AM PDT by EveningStar ("What color is the sky in your world?" -- Frasier Crane)
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To: SunkenCiv

Amazing. Who knew badgers could be so helpful?


19 posted on 08/16/2013 8:51:24 AM PDT by Bigg Red (Let me hear what God the LORD will speak. -Ps85)
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To: Dr. Bogus Pachysandra

My German cousins always make good stuff!............

20 posted on 08/16/2013 9:29:47 AM PDT by Red Badger (Want to be surprised? Google your own name......Want to have fun? Google your friend's names........)
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To: Bigg Red

21 posted on 08/16/2013 9:30:43 AM PDT by Red Badger (Want to be surprised? Google your own name......Want to have fun? Google your friend's names........)
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To: cloudmountain

Wasn’t that the Greek mythology of crossing the River Styx and having to pay the ferryman?


Forget it, he’s rolling . . .


22 posted on 08/16/2013 9:31:55 AM PDT by freedomlover
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To: DeaconBenjamin

“”At the time such bowls were used to wet the hands before eating,” said Biermann. “The bowls would a sign that a man belonged to the upper classes.” “

“Hey, Joe! You seen my bowl? It was here before we buried that guy?”


23 posted on 08/16/2013 9:33:56 AM PDT by CodeToad (Liberals are bloodsucking ticks. We need to light the matchstick to burn them off. -786 +969)
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To: Red Badger

That pic reminds me of a raccoon I came across in a trash can a few weeks ago. Somehow he got in our Herbie Curbie and the lid came down.

I opened it up to put more trash, and there was Mr Raccoon covered in garbage and not at all pleased about it. I think I saw every tooth in his mouth.

Scared the s^!t out of me.


24 posted on 08/16/2013 9:38:05 AM PDT by freedomlover
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To: Red Badger

Well, thanks, for the family photo, Red Cousin....


25 posted on 08/16/2013 5:13:43 PM PDT by Bigg Red (Let me hear what God the LORD will speak. -Ps85)
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To: DeaconBenjamin

Badgers? We don’t need no stinkin’ badgers!


26 posted on 08/16/2013 5:20:13 PM PDT by GreenHornet
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