The conditions of the burial are notable, as is the number of objects found. Some German archaeologists from the Kaiserpfalz Research Center have discovered it. It is the intact burial of a fully armed Frankish warrior in the German city of Ingelheim am Rhein. The discovery of the warrior’s tomb occurred in a medieval cemetery, among numerous tombs looted during the Middle Ages.
There were other things next to the skeleton of an adult man buried there about 1,300 years ago. Investigators found the remains of a shield, a heavy knife and a spearhead. Other weapons are added to the catalog of objects that accompany the remains.
sword and dagger
Among other things, there was a long sword, the length of which including the hilt reaches 93 centimeters. The discovery of a ‘seax’ (a dagger with a single-edged blade, typical of Germanic peoples) was also recorded. The tomb has almost all the weapons that were used at that time. The only thing missing from that collection is the bow. This is what the administration of Ingelheim am Rhein reports.
Judging by the characteristics of the shield found, scientists suggest that the burial dates back to the 7th century AD. C. Therefore, it belongs to the reign of the Merovingian dynasty. Anthropologists determined that the man died between the ages of 30 and 40. In a first analysis, it was determined that the cause of death is not clear.
The tight, slightly raised shoulders of the skeleton imply that it is in the so-called coffin posture. What does this demonstrate? That the deceased was buried in a wooden coffin of which no remains are preserved, researchers maintain.
Everything is still there, just as it was placed centuries ago. The discovery of the warrior’s tomb allows researchers to obtain valuable information about the funeral customs and fashion of those times.