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The Sources:

anon:
"Kulm, die Landmarke Nordbayerns"
Amberger Zeitung, 05 May 2004

Hans Losert:
"Das Gräberfeld von Mockersdorf-Bühl"
Found on the Internet, I sadly can not remember where or when.

The Case:

It would appear that they were planning to build a new road or something. And since they had discovered an old cemetery, way back in 1921, it was decided to do some serious archaeological research before any road construction would be started. A most commendable decision no doubt.

So the archaeologists started digging. Much to their surprise most of the graves contained skeletons that had been manipulated in one way or another. Archaeologist Hans Losert would say in an interview: "Abnormitäten waren die Regel". In most of the graves the skulls had been moved away from the normal position. Some of the corpses had been covered under large heavy stones. A couple of corpses appear to have been buried face downwards.

I do not doubt that all this has something to do with the fear of "Wiedergängern". These are undoubtedly measures to prevent the dead from getting out of their graves and bother the living.

The Date:

The cemetery - or Gräberfeld - is said to date back to the 9th Century. The archaeological research that we are talking about appears to have taken place in 2003.

The Place:

Mockersdorf can be found in Germany, somewhere to the NorthEast of Nürnberg and not too far SouthEast of Bayreuth.

Personal Comments:

Obviously we must be careful trying to interpret the reasons why human remains (in this case skeletons) have been treated or mistreated in an unusual way. Without further knowledge of the people who have done these deeds, without knowledge of their customs and beliefs, it is easy to jump to conclusions that may not be correct. The people living there in those days appear to have been West-Slavic. Wenden seems to be another name for them. Much has been written about them, and there are also many conflicting theories about them.

Anyway, let us go back to the graveyard. In view of the overdose of manipulated skeletons that was found in Mockersdorf, I think we can safely assume that at least some of these measures were meant to prevent the return of the dead.

Possible Follow-Up:

Hey, I have given you the location. I have given you the name of the man who was in charge of the research. There are photos and maps and reports and God knows what else to be found. I think that I have done enough to help you get started on this case and I suggest that you take it from here.

© 2009 by Rob Brautigam - NL - Last changed 19 November 2009

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