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The Source:

Matthew Beresford:
"The Dangerous Dead:
  the Early Medieval deviant burial at Southwell, Nottinghamshire in a wider context"
in: "MBArchaeology Local Heritage Series", 2012

Connell O'Donovan:
"The Burial Tableau of Dolní Vestonice"

The Case:

There has been much speculation about the 3 skeletons that were buried together. Many different theories, many different opinions. So much so that I am not going to put my foot in it. The main reason I am listing this case is that apparently it is the earliest archaeological evidence for the practice of putting stakes through people.

I quote Matthew Beresforde:

"The earliest archaeological evidence for the practice comes from the site of Dolné Vestonice in Moravia (c. 27,000BP) where burial DV13, part of a triple burial, had been staked to the ground by having a thick, wooden pole inserted through his thigh and into the ground below."

The Date:

The skeletons date back to approximately 26,000 BP, as supported by radiocarbon dating. Which places them at around 24.000 B.C.

The Place:

Dolni Vestonic (German name: Unterwisternitz) can be found in the South of the Czech Republic, somewhere between Brno and Vienna, close to the Austrian border.

Possible Follow-Up:

There are reports and books, there are photos, sketches and maps. Plenty of material for you to find.

© 2014 by Rob Brautigam - NL - Last changed October 2014

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