• Klengen zur Merowingerzeit: Das frühmittelalterliche Reihengräberfeld „Zwischen den Dörfern“ und sein Umfeld

    Sebastian Brather, Matthias Friedrich (see profile) , Anita Scheuerle, Anna Zimmermann
    Archaeology, Burial, Middle Ages, Civilization, Classical, History, Ancient
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    Burials, Early medieval archaeology, Early Middle Ages, Late Antiquity
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    For several decades, early medieval inhumation burials have been found in various locations in the area around Klengen. In 1999, 20 graves from a large ‘row-grave cemetery (Reihengräberfeld) between Klengen and Kirchdorf were excavated, which are now presented here. These comprise childrens’, female and male burials in equal measure. The graves can be dated primarily to the 6th century, on the basis of their rich quantity of grave goods and a new chronological model. This article argues that the burial site, as well as graves which have previously been found in its immediate vicinity, were used from the late 5th to the 8th centuries. In the broader geographical area beyond, there are yet more locations where the dead were buried in the same period. These include the church of Kirchdorf, first mentioned in the late 9th century, and a probable farmstead referred to as ‘In der Wanne’, as well as a ruined Roman villa at Überauchen and prehistoric burial mounds in the ‘Eggwald’. Over the course of several centuries, various burial places existed side by side in the local community of Klengen, and its ‘place name’ did not characterise an individual settlement site, but rather a broader local space. This set of graves therefore offers insight well beyond that of the site’s immediate local circumstances.
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