About 900 years ago, this young hevellian man died in the Havelland region near the village of Ribbeck, we visited last sunday.
His and 35 other graves were found when the village was preparing the ground for a parking space in 2011. (Very much like the finding of Richard III).
It was a giant and unsuspected archaelogic find, with beautiful vases and pottery as burial objects. I think it was the only slavic burial place they found in this area.
Interestingly the graves were layed out east-west (the heads pointed western), so they concluded there must already have been a christian influence, but burial objects aren´t a christian habit.
About this specific man they found out he must have had terrible pain from his teeth - the cause of death they couldn´t determine, but he must have been 21 years old they say. They also couldn´t locate the slavic village until now, but they are sure it must have been in a radius of 1 km from the burial site.
When digging through the whole area, they also found an old smelting place from the germanic tribe who lived there before the slavs (they left this area in the 7th-8th century), and one extremely rare bronze needle from before that, about 3000 years old. That one was send to the State Museum.
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