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Early Celtic Double Burial of Children


  • State Authority for Cultural Heritage Saarland

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Acting on short notice of extraordinary finds for our customers - that is our declared ambition adn special service. That way in 2005, we were carrying out a documentation of a remarkable Celtic grave in the royal necropolis Reinheim „Horres“.

Immediately after its uncovering by the State Authority for Cultural Heritage Saarland, the depicted grave find precisely documented that same evening in a few hours time. We deployed a combination of 3D-laser scanning and high resolution 3D-structured light scanning to achieve an accuracy in submillimetre range.

The Celtic burial pit, found about 20cm beneath todays acre surface, covered a 12 to 14-year-old girl and a 10-year-old boy. Because of the bad state of the girl's skeleton, the gender determination was only realisable over the grave goods. The girl (left in the picture) was richly equipped with two bronze neck-, arm- and footrings each and three fibulas (one with horse depiction). Further grave goods were a belt hook with a belt chain, which formally held 12 blue glass or amber pearls.

That boy was wearing a bronze ring on the right arm - apparantly a status symbol. A small bronze fibula was found on his left chest and an iron arrowhead right to the scull. The DNA-examination could not confirm that the two children were siblings. The simultaneous burial does, however, lead to the question, whether this find is an example of the in celtic times quite common phenomenon of "death following".

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