Tag Archives: Burial

Warrior Burials

Some great information about excavating burials. Especially in light of the new excavations in Russia

Two Maya Royal Burials Discovered

Archaeologists have recently uncovered two royal burials at Nakum, a Mayan archaeological site in Guatemala. The tombs date to 1,300 and 2,000 BP and filled with various luxuries (such as gold, jade, and elite pottery).

These are the first royal burials discovered at Nakum, once a large and densely populated Mayan site. The full details of the burials are described in the September Issue of Antiquity.

You can read more about the burials and see the amazing photographs in this article of National Geographic.

Tomb Found at Stonehenge Quarry Site

Archaeologists have recently uncovered a Tomb at the Quarry site for the stones used to construct Stonehenge. The Neolithic grave is adjacent to a ceremonial center located at the quarry (identified in 2008).

“The important thing is that we have a ceremonial monument here that is earlier than the passage grave… We have obviously got a very important person who may have been responsible for the impetus for these stones to be transported… It can be compared directly with the first Stonehenge, so for the first time we have a direct link between Carn Menyn – where the bluestones came from – and Stonehenge, in the form of this ceremonial monument.” Prof. Wainwright

To learn more about this finding, see the article at BBC.

Roman Murder Victim?

The BBC is reporting a body recently uncovered in North Kent dating to the first century CE. The remains of a young girl, buried in a shallow grave, and the wounds indicate that the girl was stabbed by a Roman sword in the back of the head.

The fantastic claims that she was murdered by a Roman soldier are more circumstantial than based on fact. The Roman army had a presence in Southern Britain at this time, and the killing of civilians (including children) is well documented. However, such claims should be viewed with a bit of skepticism. However, it does highlight the realities of conquest:

“Now, for the first time, we have an indication of how the Roman armies treated people, and that large numbers of the local populations were killed… It shows how all invading armies act the same throughout history. One can only imagine what trauma this poor girl had to suffer before she was killed.”

The girl will be reburied at the site.