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Vedbaek Mesolithic Cemetary
Transcript of Vedbaek Mesolithic Cemetary
Cemetery with 19 graves and 21 burials Vedbaek was discovered by accident on 1st March 1975 by amateur archaeologits who spotted several (latter grave 1 and 2 ) partly exposed graves.
These had been exposed by bulldozers ahead of development- a new school playing field and car park for the railway station. Mesolithic Huts; a mobile life style Vedbaek In the process of development another 17 graves were exposed making a total of 19 known BUT possibly 25 graves may have once existed.
Interpretation is that this is a cemetery for a semi-permanent Hunter-gatherer-fishing community
Important as the 1st Mesolithic cemetery to be found in Denmark. Between March and April 1975 the site was excavated according to Danish law- National agency for the protection of nature, monuments and sites.
It established a cemetery of 17 graves with grave goods that dated it to the Mesolithic. Graves 1 and 2 were very damaged and are undated- only when grave 3 and 4 were discovered - grave goods were red ochre and a slotted bone dagger was the cemetery dated to the mesolithic. Excavation methodology :
Building work left the site chaotic-method was:
1- Top soil removed by machine- 2500 sq meters
2- graves identified a dug
graves appear as dark outlines.
3- all graves photographed, drawn and described.
The discovery, excavation and geological complexities raises three problems;
1. Mechanical work prior to excavation destroyed some graves- grave 1 and 2
2. Child graves disproportionally destroyed- ration is 17 adult; 5 children. Not a correct population pyramid
3. Previously discovered skeletons not found or unrecorded.