The Hochdorf Grave

  1. Method of excavating the burial mound

Since the grave was found inside a burial mound, electric sensitivity must have been used to determine the subsurface sediments and objects before excavating. Due to collapse from erosion, its excavation was necessary, and thus a combination of both vertical and horizontal excavations was applicable. The vertical excavation was to identify and remove strata by paying keen attention to soil color and texture. The horizontal excavation was to expose objects lying right below the mound and the grave.

  1. Why the body was not better preserved

This was to leave the original finding as it was – as a primary source. This helps in determining what the body reveals about the dead individual. It also helps with later reconstruction. As a primary source, the body was left untou

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