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Treasure goes up in smoke in Iron Age tombs

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Burial mounds crown the hills near Østbirk northwest of Horsens. Eight large mounds are lined up on Vorbjerg Hill, also called Slaggård Banks. The domed burial mounds in the area are fairly conventional for the Bronze Age but this group is rather special. All eight…

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Expensive bearskin burnt to a cinder

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Both southern burial mounds contained urn graves. The funeral pyre has almost destroyed the grave gifts but pieces of a bronze vessel, the remains of a silver belt buckle and a golden nugget testify to great wealth. A bone from a bear's paw shows that one gift was a bearskin. Only leading families could get these valuable skins from northern Scandinavia. Excavations have also revealed that one burial mound had a huge stake and a single-stone monument (menhir). Two others also had menhirs. We don't know the purpose of the flat tops. Horse bones have been found at a few other Iron Age burial mounds. So perhaps the flat tops were sacred altars where horses were sacrificed.

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