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Vedbaek Mesolithic Cemetary

Vedbeak cemetary - compulsory site 1

Mike Dymond

on 7 October 2012

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Vedbaek Danish Mesolithic Cemetery Mesolithic period: 8500-3500BC
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.
4- sampled.

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.
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