6th century Germanic graves discovered in east Bohemia

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Archaeologists from the East Bohemian Museum have announced the discovery of six ancient graves around the village of Sendražice near Hradec Kralové. The graves are believed to have been made by a Germanic tribe in the 6th century during the migration period.

6th century Germanic graves discovered in east Bohemia
Credit: Muzeum východních Čech v Hradci Králové

Despite the fact that five of the six graves had been looted in antiquity, archaeologists were able to retrieve a rich collection of finds, inluding beads of glass paste and amber, an iron weaving knife, a whorl, a ceramic container, animal bones, egg shells, several belt buckles and in one case a short iron ‘saex’ sword.

6th century Germanic graves discovered in east Bohemia
Credit: Muzeum východních Čech v Hradci Králové



“There were two gold buckles inlaid with semi-precious stones among the grave goods of a robbed woman’s grave, as well as two lavishly decorated belt buckles on which the remains of textile were preserved. Findings of up to 1500 years old textiles are extremely rare. This grave also contained amber and glass paste beads, a bone comb, a ceramic container, and a number of other findings, all of which indicate that the woman probably belonged to a representative of the then social elites”, said the archaeologist Pavel Horník.

6th century Germanic graves discovered in east Bohemia
6th century Germanic graves discovered in east Bohemia
Credit: Muzeum východních Čech v Hradci Králové



6th century Germanic graves discovered in east Bohemia
6th century Germanic graves discovered in east Bohemia
Credit: Muzeum východních Čech v Hradci Králové



The textile fragments are undergoing analysis in specialized laboratories of the Institute of Archaeology of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic in Prague.

6th century Germanic graves discovered in east Bohemia
Credit: Muzeum východních Čech v Hradci Králové

Scientific tests on the skeletons are also now underway as the archaeologists are hoping to identify the age of the bodies and the tribe they belonged to.

Source: Muzeum východních Čech v Hradci Králové [July 15, 2019]

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