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The Source:

Julia K. Koch:
"Der Wagen und das Pferdegeschirr aus dem späthallstattzeitlichen Fürstengrab von Eberdingen-Hochdorf (Kr. Ludwigsburg)"
Dissertation, Christian-Albrechts-Universität, Kiel, 1999

The Case:

The discovery of the grave of an ancient ruler somewhere near Eberdingen-Hochdorf was an important find. The dead man had been buried together with his cart and various other belongings. And there were some things about the burial that were considered to be unusual. It was suggested that they indicated some fear that the dead man might return from his grave.

The Date:

The dissertation was published and presented in 1999. If you read the dissertation, you will find when the archaeological research took place. The burial is said to have taken place in the later Hallstatt period. And if you don't know when that was, go on and find out. I can tell you, it's a long long time ago.

The Place:

Eberdingen and Hochdorf, not far apart, can be found in Germany, somewhat to the NorthWest of Stuttgart.

Possible Follow-Up:

Go find and study the dissertation. It should not be too hard. Try to discover the things that have taken place during the burial that could be considered to be abnormal. Don't be discouraged if you don't find them the first time. It's only 672 pages, so read them again and this time properly read them. The things to look for are minimal. Nothing quite as obvious as someone hammering in a great big stake. And yet they are there. It is not for nothing that Julia K. Koch gave a lecture at a colloquim in 2004 with the title: "Der gefährliche Tote aus Hochdorf ? - Ein besonderes Bestattungsritual aus der Späthallstattzeit Mitteleuropas". A condensed version of that lecture exists as well. So there is something else for you to find.

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