WWW.SHROUDEATER.COM - The staked corpse of Dolni Vestonice - CZECH REPUBLIC
"The Dangerous Dead:
the Early Medieval deviant burial at Southwell, Nottinghamshire in a wider context"
in: "MBArchaeology Local Heritage Series", 2012
"The Burial Tableau of Dolní Vestonice"
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 skeletons date back to approximately 26,000 BP, as supported by radiocarbon dating. Which places them at around 24.000 B.C.
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.
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