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.

View larger map

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.

Reconstructed mound 1 at Glauberg

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.

The site and associated burials

Approach to the mound

The mound was surrounded by a ditch

Approach to the mound

Processional route (10m wide)

and a processional route 10 metres wide.

Photo - Processional route (10m wide)

Reconstruction of the mound and route

The mound and the approaches are shown in this plan,

Drawing - reconstruction of the mound and route

Offerings in grave 1

the offerings in inhumation grave 1 in this drawing,

Drawing - offerings in grave 1

Cremation in grave 2

and those in the cremation burial in grave 2.

Drawing - Cremation in grave 2

'Celtic prince of Glauberg'

Associated with one mound was a life-size stone statue of a man,

Celtic prince of Glaubergürst_Glauberg.jpg

'Glauberg Prince' (186cm)

seen here in two views.

Celtic prince of Glauberg