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Railway line construction unearths 4,000-year-old remains

Archaeologists in the state of Saxony-Anhalt, Germany, working along a railway line under construction have found a number of Bronze Age treasures, burial sites and evidence of settlements that date back over 7,000 years.

“The broad range of traces from ancient cultures and the number and quality of the individual finds show how important this region has been for thousands of years not just as a settlement area, but as a transport route,” the statement said. Over the last year, archaeologists have retrieved more than 55,000 items on an area of around 100 hectares (247 acres).

The region boasts fertile land and has been settled for at least 7,500 years. Relics of the more recent past have also been found, including a Slavic graveyard from the ninth or 10th century AD. “Even though the bodies were laid with the head pointed west according to the Christian tradition, receptacles and food remains placed with the bodies indicate that heathen traditions were also observed in furnishing the dead,” the statement said.

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