Badger Digs Up Medieval Tomb

A badger was building a nest on a farm near Stolpe in Brandenburg, Germany. Lars Wilhelm and Hendrikje Ring, who live on the farm, are sculptors and amateur archaeologists. When they investigated the badger's work, they found it had unearth ancient treasures!

"We spotted a pelvic bone that had been dug up, it was clearly human," Ring told SPIEGEL ONLINE. "It wasn't exactly surprising to us because a whole field of ancient graves had been found on the other side of the road in the 1960s. So we pushed a camera into the badger's sett and took photos by remote control. We found pieces of jewellery, retrieved them and contacted the authorities."

That was last autumn. There was no sign of the badger, who had probably already left, said Ring. "This doesn't make him an archaeologist but he's the one who discovered it." The finds were only made public this week.

Archaeologists proceeded to unearth a total of eight graves from the first half of the 12th century at the site, including two containing Slavic chieftains.

An article at Spiegel tells what was found there, and how the clues led archaeologists to piece together the history of the site. Link -via Science Chamber of Horrors

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