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1,500-year-old ivory beard comb found in grave in Germany


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Archaeologists in Bavaria, Germany, have discovered the 1,500-year-old grave of a 40- to 50-year-old man who was buried in luxury with a horse and fine weapons—and an intricately carved ivory comb that he may have used to style his hair and beard. The team also uncovered a second grave holding the remains of a slightly younger woman who was buried with ornate grave goods, including a ceramic bowl from North Africa. It’s unclear how these  objects found their way to Central Europe, Tag24 reports.

“The two finds must have been real luxury goods at the time,” says Mathias Pfeil, curator-general of the Bavarian State Office for Monument Preservation (BLfD), in a statement, per Google Translate. “They show how far people’s contacts still went even after the dissolution of the Roman Empire and its provinces [in the fifth century C.E.]”

At the time of the man’s death around the sixth century, Germanic Alemanni people under control of the Franks dominated the region. The archaeologists speculate that the unusual goods may have been gifts from a ruler or loot from battles in what is now Italy.

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/1500-year-old-ivory-beard-comb-found-in-grave-in-bavaria-180978893/

https://www.livescience.com/rich-burials-bavaria-beard-comb

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It is always interesting to see the items buried with people but do wonder if after analyzing these goods should they not be reunited with the people that they were originally buried with

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