Harem for the afterlife turns out to be a myth: scientists explain a mysterious burial in Germany

Harem for the afterlife in Germany turns out to be a myth

This summer, a strange burial was discovered in Germany. It contained the remains of several people. One of them is a man, the rest are women. The scientists called the site of the discovery of the amazing burial harem for the afterlife. But months of the research helped to conclude that it was not that. In the discovered medieval cemetery, the remains of a wealthy aristocrat and the remains of 80 people were found.

Some of them were buried with rich attributes, such as glass bowls, gold jewelry, weapons. The burial is about one and a half thousand years old and it may have belonged to the Thuringian burial that lasted less than a century before it was captured by the Franks in 531 AD.

At the end of the era of the existence of the kingdom, turbulent times began in it, the historians call it the Period of Migration. It is associated with the acquisition of barbaric people's power: the Goths and Vandals seized it after the collapse of the Western Roman Empire. Most of the remains in the found burial belonged to women, and only a few to men.

A large grave was found during the construction of a poultry farm in central Germany. The archaeologists suggested that a harem was created for the lord for the afterlife, and women could sacrifice themselves to be with him on the other side of life.

The way to visualize the burial site helped to debunk the myth. It is a linear type cemetery, where the graves are located side by side. There is also a pit filled with animal remains: four cows, five horses, two dogs.

The archaeologists also discovered a strange block of clay that contained bronze fragments that may be the remains of a cauldron that can only be examined after more detailed excavations. It is possible that it served for the cremation of the dead.