In a ghoulishly Halloween appropriate post, MSNBC reports that approximately 40% of Medieval graves were disturbed after burial. This is not the standard ‘grave-robbing’ report, rather, mortuary analysts argue that traditional looting was not the objective of these individuals. Rather, they may have had a myriad of objectives: relieving the dead of suffering, retrieving heirlooms, political propaganda, and more.
“Some researchers say in early medieval periods the cemetery may have been a place to play power games, to display the dead with very rich grave goods. It may have been an important factor when families or clans are competing with each other,” Aspock said.
To read more about this theory, see the article in MSNBC.