Excavation report II

The excavation is finished, in the west half of the presumed construction we didn’t find any artefacts or reminiscence of constructions. We found a crevice where the earth was darker which gave us some hope of finding some residues of a grave, but the earth was not fatty and we found no pieces of coal, cremated bones or ash.

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The east haft the construction, the flat rock is visible.

The construction can best be described as a stone setting of the type called Äckel, which can be described as stone settings situated upon flat rocks. They are often constructed by stones of different size and seems a bit unorganized, in other words the construction plan isn’t all that obvious.  It is not unusual that the finds made are found in crevices, and one interpretation is that these where used as the primary grave and then covered with rocks. It is not that unusual that there is no finds at all due to the construction form and the elements of nature.

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The concentration of visible stones.

The construction, if it was one, has been disturbed and damaged in the past. Under the stones we found plenty of proof that the stones have been moved in modern times, for example: plastic mugs, pieces of glass etc.

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Some of the finds we made, pices of a glas bottle, a crowbar etc.

The lack of archaeological evidence does not substantiate that this is a grave neither does it the opposite; we just don’t have the archaeological evidence of it being one. It is not unusual that graves of this  type is more or less empty due to its construction, the elements of nature often ashes away the traces. There are pointers that speak prehistoric grave, its placement and its appearance, though it is difficult to say due to modern disruptions.

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All done, in upper part is the crevice.

The result of the excavation is inconclusive as we neither can give a definite answer to the question if it is a grave or not, neither did we unearth any finds that helps us to date the construction, though if it is a grave it most probably is from the Bronze Age or the early part of the Iron Age if it is a grave.

Magnus Reuterdahl

About Magnus Reuterdahl

I am an archaeologist/Osteologist from Sweden. My main intrest lays in north Euorpean archaeology in, preferbly the prehistory of the late iron age and the neolithic periods. I've also got a strong intrest for Chinese archaeology, especially the neolithc Yangshao culture. I also write about cultural heritage and cultural history. Mitt namn är Magnus Reuterdahl, jag är arkeolog och osteolog och arbetar företrädesvis i Sverige även om jag gjort ett par vändor till Kina. På den här bloggen skriver jag om mitt yrke, om fornlämningar, kulturarv och kulturhistoria m m. View all posts by Magnus Reuterdahl

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