Execution site archaeology

Published on April 23rd, 2013 | by Admin

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The discovery of 70 people executed in the 14th century in Germany is prompting further study into how the executed died, and how the executioners lived.

Researchers have unearthed the remains of some 70 people, which are now undergoing an anthropological evaluation. One of the dead was tied up, another lay next to an iron strangulation chain. A third had been buried along with a sharp blade. “It could be the murder weapon,” says Genesis.

The native of Potsdam, outside Berlin, has just completed her dissertation on this execution site. She is one of many hard-nosed researchers hunting for secrets under old gallows and scaffolds.

The latest astonishing findings show that a chaotic jumble of bones lies inside the mounds. “Some outlaws were hung so long by their necks that they decayed and fell down. Then they were contemptuously disposed of in unhallowed ground,” explains Jost Auler, a historian from the western German town of Dormagen. “There is no mention of this in any of the old documents.”

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Story: Matthias Schulz, Der Spiegel | Photo: Ben Behnke, Der Spiegel

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