The researchers say that people back in the Iron Age had a conscious relationship to objects from earlier times that connected them to their past.
“People probably considered old objects as a heritage from their ancestors.
Recycling of old burial mounds for new graves is an indication of this relationship. The idea was that the mounds were memories from a distant past, and written sources indicate that recycling of mounds had a double function. Apart from providing a grave for the dead they also legitimized property and rights. People asserted their control over an area by burying their family in a gravesite belonging to their ancestors,” Thäte explains.
The archeologists think that people in pre-history were superstitious and that the axe was deposited in the grave as a part of the burial ritual.