Archaeological site of Glauberg
Richly furnished burials from the late Hallstatt period have been found in central Europe.
One of the earliest may be at Glauberg where the terrain seems to have attracted human life from the 5th millennium.
On this strategic plateau site a fortified settlement was found with 'elite' burials covered by mounds.
Reconstructed mound 1 at Glauberg
Originally the mounds would have looked like this, but millennia of use reduced most to little more than a metre in height.
The site and associated burials
The settlement grew around the Glauberg plateau. The two mounds covered burials that have been dated to around 500BC.
The first, originally 6m high and nearly 50 in diameter, covered an inhumation of a middle-aged man.
Approach to the mound
The mound was surrounded by a ditch
Processional route (10m wide)
and a processional route 10 metres wide.
Reconstruction of the mound and route
The mound and the approaches are shown in this plan,
Offerings in grave 1
the offerings in inhumation grave 1 in this drawing,
Cremation in grave 2
and those in the cremation burial in grave 2.
'Celtic prince of Glauberg'
Associated with one mound was a life-size stone statue of a man,
'Glauberg Prince' (186cm)
seen here in two views.
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