Badger discovers medieval treasure trove
August 16, 2013 | 13 comments
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A badger has unwittingly helped uncover the tombs of two medieval lords at a site in Germany.
[!gad]The striped-mammal had set up home at a farm about 75km northeast of Berlin when two sculptors who had been looking to exhibit some of their work nearby came across some human bones that the badger had dug up. After further investigation it turned out that the creature had uncovered the tomb of two medieval lords complete with bronze bowls, a sword and an ornate belt buckle.
"We hadn't found graves like that in Brandenburg before so it's an important discovery," said archaeologist Thomas Kersting. One of the two skeletons appeared to have been a warrior as he exhibited signs of multiple injuries from past battles. "There were healed marks from sword strikes on his skull, it's really impressive, especially as he was relatively small. He was a tough guy," Kersting added.
A badger helped discover the tombs of two medieval lords in Germany in what archaeologists are hailing as a significant find. The 12th century burial site contains a sword, bronze bowls, an ornate belt buckle and skeletal remains that tell stories of a violent life.
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